Sculptor Of Wall Street’s Charging Bull Says Fearless Girl Is Ruining His Art!

On International Women’s Day last month, a sculpture of a Fearless Girl was installed in front of New York City’s iconic Charging Bull on Wall Street.

This defiant little bronze statue was temporarily installed as a symbol of equality and pressure for big investment firms to add more women to their boards.

And just like the women she represents, Fearless Girl is already having to deal with some serious patriarchal bull.

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Specifically, from the man who created her arch enemy, the Bull, who is accusing NYC of violating his legal rights by allowing the Fearless Girl to be installed without his permission.

Arturo Di Modica will challenge city officials for issuing a permit to allow Kristen Visbal‘s figure to stay until February 2018. He says the presence of FG infringes on his own artistic copyright to the Bull by changing the creative dynamic to include another bold presence.

This bold presence received an overwhelmingly positive reaction from the public, which caused Mayor Bill de Blasio to extend Fearless Girl’s city permit for nearly one year.

But the Italian-born sculptor isn’t welcoming her extended stay, calling the statue an “advertising trick” created by State Street Global Advisors and its New York advertising firm McCann.

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Di Modica’s attorney said the artist is demanding that the city release documents showing the procedures followed to install the new figure in Bowling Green Park.

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.

The sculptor had installed the massive bronze beast in front of the New York Stock Exchange after the 1987 stock market crash in the middle of the night without a permit.

The public positively responded to this and petitioned for the statue to remain in the Financial District as a symbol of America’s financial strength, which makes it all the more puzzling why Di Modica is charging against a sculpture that symbolizes the resilience — and equality — of American women.

A lawsuit has not been filed yet. Clearly, Fearless Girl has a lot more bull coming her way.

Apr 12, 2017 2:14pm PDT

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