'Charging Bull' Artist Calls for Removal of 'Fearless Girl' Statue
- Author: Zachary Reyes Apr 25, 2017,
Apr 25, 2017, 17:57
The artist, who has previously called the statue an "advertising trick", believes that the "Fearless Girl" changes the meaning of his piece into something negative, thus infringing on his rights as an artist. Fearless Girl was installed by Boston financial firm State Street Global Advisors to send a message about "the power of women in leadership" and a "greater gender diversity on corporate boards". "SHE makes a difference" -a direct reference to State Street's SHE Index created to promote gender diversity.
Now, the sculptor of the decades-old Charging Bull statue the girl "fearless"-ly faces down is claiming she doesn't belong there in the first place".
The statue, depicting a 4-foot girl staring down the 11-foot bull with hands planted on her hips, became a tourist magnet.
On Wednesday, De Blasio responded to Di Modica on Twitter, writing that "Men who don't like women taking up space are exactly why we need the Fearless Girl".
But Norman Siegel, a lawyer representing "Charging Bull" sculptor Arturo Di Modica, says it's a copyright and trademark violation. Di Modica is also demanding officials release documents showing what protocol they followed when extending the statue's display to February 2018. "That's something Fearless Girl is sure to find out, once she turns into Fearless Woman and actually starts rocking the boat".
With public support, the bull was later moved from its initial location, though allowed to stay permanently in the Financial District.
Even the method of the statue's installation - dropped unheralded in its spot overnight - paid homage to the bull it confronts.
"Everybody loves the bull", Mr Di Modica told reporters at a press conference on Wednesday, adding that the renewed attention to his original work is "negative".
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.
Di Modica also doled out sharp criticism, casting the statue as not art, but a publicity stunt by the gender-oriented company that commissioned it.
"We're not saying that it should be moved out of the city".