Wall Street bull sculptor says 'Fearless Girl' statue violates his rights

Siegel, who joined Di Modica and other lawyers at a news conference, said the attorneys sent letters requesting the girl's removal to Democratic Mayor Bill de Blasio and the CEOs of State Street and its advertising firm, McCann Worldgroup. Representatives for Modica, who says his 1989 sculpture is a genuine celebration of the economy's resistance following some severe stock market crashes, reckon "Charging Bull no longer carries a positive, optimistic message", and that it's "been transformed into a negative force and a threat".

The sculptor behind Wall Street's famous "Charging Bull" statue isn't too happy about its competition.

State Street also created SHE, an index designed to track gender diversity in corporations. "They have since taken the plaque away", Siegel said.

The defiant statue by artist Kristen Visbal stares down the much larger bull which, after almost three decades, has become a landmark for visiting tourists and a symbol of New York City's financial district.

But de Blasio has said on twitter that the Fearless Girl "is staying put". In response to petitions with tens of thousands of signatures for the statue to stay longer, mayor Bill de Blasio announced the city permit would be extended for almost one year.

The counterpart to "Charging Bull" was installed leading up to International Women's Day and has become somewhat of a feminist icon since.

The sculptor behind the famed "Charging Bull" statue in lower Manhattan, is pleading with the city to move the 'Fearless Girl' placed in front of it last month as a symbol of the fight for gender equality.

The Washington Post reported that Di Modica "doled out sharp criticism" of the statue and said it was not art but a "publicity stunt". Di Modica will reportedly hold a news conference Wednesday to discuss his qualms.

What's more, the irony of the initial circumstances of Di Modica's own sculpture is not lost on us.

"We believe that's exactly what happened here", he said.

"We're not saying that it should be moved out of the city". Many have lobbied for the statue to be a permanent installation.

Letters have been sent to State Street, its NY advertising firm McCann, and De Blasio, detailing the complaints in an attempt to "amicably resolve" the situation and requesting unspecified damages. The "Charging Bull" was, like the "Fearless Girl", a symbol of empowerment that stood for the resilience and strength of America.

  • Larry Hoffman