Wall Street's Charging Bull sculptor wants Fearless Girl statue removed
- Author: Zachary Reyes Apr 22, 2017,
Apr 22, 2017, 19:41
The artist and his lawyer argued that the other statue should be moved to a different location where it didn't hinge on Di Modica's work.
But on March 7, the SSGA has commissioned artist Kristen Visbal to create the "Fearless Girl" to honor the determination and strength of women in leadership on International Women's Month, reports Travelers Today. The girl, according to her commissioners State Street Global Advisors, embodies a message of "the power of women in leadership" and the need for "greater gender diversity on corporate boards". SHE makes a difference". "Clearly, a deliberate choice was made to exploit and to appropriate the "Charging Bull" through the placement of the "Fearless Girl".
Siegel called for damages for the "violation" of Di Modica's statutory rights, urging the mayor and company chief executives to come together to find 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.
After a petition with tens of thousands of signatures in support of the "Fearless Girl", New York mayor Bill de Blasio said the city had extended its permit for a year. With hopes of dispensing the "perfect antidote" to the stock market crash of 1987, he spent two years welding the 7,000-pound bronze bull statue created to capture the resilience of the American people. Twenty-five percent of the largest 3,000 US companies have no female directors, State Street noted at the time. In response to petitions with tens of thousands of signatures for the statue to stay longer, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced that the city permit was extended for almost one year.
The fixture was removed by police as he had not received permission from the city for its addition, but was later reinstalled after public outcry.
But critics would be quick to note there was a time when Di Modica's bull was in the same position as his tiny nemesis, waiting for the city to allow his permanent stay. "That's an advertising trick", the 76-year-old told MarketWatch in March.
Visbal, at least, feels some sympathy for Di Modica - "poor Arturo", she told the Post - but she, like her statue, doesn't appear ready to back down either.
Charging Bull wants Fearless Girl to get out of his way. "Now, she'll be asserting herself and affirming her strength even after her temporary permit expires - a fitting path for a girl who refuses to quit".