Wall Street's bull sculptor wants 'Fearless Girl' moved


The artist's 11-foot "Charging Bull" statue now stands, with the blessing of the city of NY (which allowed the statue to stay after much public support), in the city's financial district, steps away from Wall Street.

Di Modica wants the city to show what procedures it followed when Mayor Bill DeBlasio, who was prompted by tens of thousands of signatures requesting he keep "Fearless Girl" on Wall Street, extended the statue's permit until February 2018.

Fearless Girl was conceived by State Street Global Advisors - an investment firm with $3.3 trillion in assets - and advertising agency McCann to push companies to increase the number of female directors.

Just like Visbal, Di Modica had installed his massive bronze statue on the New York Stock Exchange in the middle of the night - albeit without a permit - to symbolize American financial optimism after the 1987 stock market crash.

Di Modica's bull has become a familiar icon since he gave it to the city in 1989.

The project is about "girl power", she said, a message to corporate boards on Wall Street with a dearth of women members "that we are here, that we are heard, that we are permanent".

"What this girl represents is the present, but also the future", Tisdalle told the Times.

While critics were busy debating the merits of "Fearless Girl" ― that diminutive-but-defiant statue strategically placed in front of Wall Street's resident "Charging Bull" ― the artist behind the old bovine was apparently asking, "What about me?"

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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 USA corporations.

He said a permit shouldn't have been issued and that the statue shouldn't have been installed without his permission.

"The bull is attractive, it's a stunning piece of art", Visbal told the New York Post.

Speaking of his own work, he added "My bull is a symbol for America".

Di Modica approached Siegel for help, the attorney said.

"The fearless girl is fearless because she's confronting the bull", said Norman Siegel, one of the artist's attorneys.

"The girl has changed the meaning of the bull forever", said David Levi Strauss from the Manhattan School of Visual Arts.

He declined to say how much money de Modica was seeking in damages.