Wall Street Bull Artist Wants 'Fearless Girl' Statue to Go
Apr 13 2017
Di Modica seems to agree, calling the statue an "advertising trick" created by corporations themselves ― Boston-based State Street Global Advisors and New York-based advertising firm McCann.
But Visbal has made no secret of her admiration for her statue's massive counterpart: "The bull is lovely", she told The New York Post in March. But the installation of the bold girl defiantly standing in the bull's path has transformed the meaning of one of New York's best-known public artworks.
The 4-foot girl staring down the 11-foot bull with hands planted on her hips quickly became a tourist magnet, drawing global attention on social media while awakening the imaginations of live visitors who posed for pictures. Di Modica planned to appear at a press conference Wednesday.
The Boston Globereports that Arturo Di Modica, the Italian-born sculptor who so elegantly formed the Bull's famous ball sack, is demanding that the City of NY admit that they never notified him about their intention to add the Fearless Girl to the park. The sculptor's lawyers today say they want the girl moved, according to the Associated Press.
The goal of the statue "was to create a powerful symbol to stand as a reminder" that putting more women in corporate leadership roles was a boon on many levels, the statement concluded.
"Remove her and place her somewhere else in the city", he said.
Displeased with that decision, Di Modica is fighting back.
New York City doesn't give out permanent permits for sculptures it doesn't own, which is how Di Modica started out.
Mayor Bill de Blasio said men who don't like women taking up space "are exactly why we need 'Fearless Girl"'. In an act of guerilla art, he installed his "Charging Bull" in front of the New York Stock Exchange in 1989, without a permit.
Attorneys for di Modica's said they have also submitted public records request seeking more information on how the statue's placement was approved.
"How did the process happen and should permits be revoked?" the attorney, Norman Siegel, said in an interview on Wednesday, adding that his client ought to have been consulted.