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NYC Mayor to Sculptor of Iconic Charging Bull: 'Fearless Girl' Proves its Point
The sculptor of the iconic “Charging Bull” statue that sits in front of the New York Stock Exchange is accusing the city of infringing on his “artistic copyright” when it allowed the “Fearless Girl” statue to be erected across from the bull, “changing the creative dynamic to include the other bold presence,” as NBC New York reports.
The Italian-born sculptor Arturo Di Modica says the city violated his legal rights when it allowed artist Kristen Visbal to erect the “Fearless Girl” statue without his permission, according to NBC New York. Visbal’s statue went up on March 7 to commemorate International Women’s Day.
New York City Mayor Bill DeBlasio was not exactly sympathetic to Di Modica’s complaints, saying on Twitter that the artist’s response proves the point of the “Fearless Girl” statue.
Men who don’t like women taking up space are exactly why we need the Fearless Girl. https://t.co/D2OZl4ituJ
— Bill de Blasio (@NYCMayor) April 12, 2017
Di Modica, however, calls “Fearless Girl” an “advertising trick,” according to NBC New York, noting that State Street Global Advisors and McCann, it’s New York advertising firm, are the financial backers of the artwork. To be fair, although the statue was erected to celebrate International Women’s Day, the Wall Street element did not sit well with some feminists who probably agree with Di Modica’s criticism of it being a marketing ploy.
Di Modica “installed the massive bronze in front of the New York Stock Exchange after the 1987 stock market crash, without a permit in the middle of the night — as a symbol of America’s financial resilience,” NBC New York reports. “The city eventually responded to the public clamoring for the artwork to be allowed to remain in the Financial District, steps from Wall Street.”
Visbal’s permit for “Fearless Girl” expires in February.
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