'Fearless Girl' challenged: Wall St bull sculptor claims new statue infringes copyright

Aside from potentially violating the trademark and copyright Di Modica owns on "Charging Bull" - State Street has shown the bull and "Fearless Girl" together on marketing materials - his lawyers say the new bronze also violates commercial laws.

The sculptor behind Wall Street's iconic "Charging Bull" called for New York City to pull the popular "Fearless Girl" statue, which he said has transformed his work of art from a positive image to a "negative" symbol of fear.

"Very simply we request respectfully that the Fearless Girl statue be removed", said lawyer Norman Siegel, calling for damages to be awarded for the "violation" of his client's statutory rights.

"Fearless Girl" is meant to stay on Wall Street until February 2018. Yet Siegel highlighted the plaque that was originally put under the statue, which read: "Know the Power of Leadership, SHE makes a difference". They want it moved and are hoping for an amicable solution.

The statue, depicting a 4-foot girl staring down the 11-foot bull with hands planted on her hips, became a tourist magnet.

New York Mayor Bill de Blasio, a vehement Trump critic, has since announced the bronze girl statue will remain in place until at least March next year.

"We wouldn't move the Charging Bull statue if it offended someone".

The creator of "Charging Bull" is charging its new neighbor with violating his rights. She was met with instant and almost unanimous acclaim, before some critics questioned why a company with just 5 women on their 28-person board was calling for greater gender equality from other Wall Street companies while also advertising one of its funds.

Di Modica, however, says that the statue now placed opposite his is nothing but an advertisement.

The sculptor came to him about 10 days ago, said Siegel, the former director of the New York Civil Liberties Union handling the case with attorney Steven Hyman.

This bold presence received an overwhelmingly positive reaction from the public, which caused Mayor Bill de Blasio to extend Fearless Girl's city permit for almost one year.

Visbal's work was also installed in the middle of the night, though this time, with a permit.

Displeased with that decision, Di Modica is fighting back.

He retweeted a Newsweek article about the artist's objections and added: "Men who don't like women taking up space are exactly why we need the Fearless Girl".

  • Zachary Reyes