Sculptor of Wall Street's 'Charging Bull' wants 'Fearless Girl' statue removed

Owen Stevens
April 17, 2017

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. The statue of the girl, they write, was clearly derivative, and also intentionally alters the bull's positive message. Anne McNally, head of public relations North America, for State Street Global Advisors, told 1010 WINS.

The sculptor of the famous "Charging Bull" statue in New York City's financial district is livid about the newly popular "Fearless Girl" statue recently installed facing his prized creation.

They say they want the statue of the little girl moved and for Di Modica to be awarded damages for the violation of his legal and statutory rights.

Artist Kristen Visbal's figure was first placed on a traffic island near Wall Street on March 7, on the eve of International Women's Day, to make a point: There's a dearth of women on the boards of the largest US corporations.

"[De Blasio] is not addressing the issues here, of whether or not there is copyright or trademark infringement, and what due diligence did the city of NY do to granting the permit", Siegel said. If it were then Di Modica would just be arguing over turf.

"Our goal with Fearless Girl was to create a powerful symbol to stand as a reminder to corporations across the globe that having more women in leadership positions contributes to overall performance and strengthens our economy", according to State Street.

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Earlier in the day, he wrote, "Men who don't like women taking up space are exactly why we need the Fearless Girl".

Arturo di Modica and his lawyer will hold a press conference to explain how he will challenge the city, which gave "Fearless Girl" a permit to stay in front of the bull until February 2018.

Siegel said he hopes the dispute can be resolved amicably but noted, "We never dismiss the possibility of litigation". The illegally placed statue was initially removed by police, but public outcry in support caused it to be permanently installed nearby.

"I put it there for art", he told the publications.

Di Modica, aged 76, appeared fragile as he spoke at the news conference reiterating that he agrees with gender equality and questioning why people were attacking him. Designed by artist Kristen Visbal, the statue was celebrated by some as a model of female empowerment and criticized by others as a form of pinkwashing.

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