'Charging Bull' sculptor challenges city over 'Fearless Girl' statue

Apr 13, 2017, 01:30
'Charging Bull' sculptor challenges city over 'Fearless Girl' statue

An attorney for Arturo Di Modica, the artist who created Charging Bull after the 1987 stock market crash, said the sculptor would this week challenge city officials over the decision to extend the lease.

Siegel said he filed several FOIL requests to discover if the Mayor's Office of Citywide Event Coordination and Management and Street Activity Permit Office had any dealings or communication with State Street before the statute went up.

"He should have been asked, never was", Siegel said.

"None of us here today are in any way not proponents of gender equality but there are issues of copyright and trademark", he said.

"Fearless Girl" - the popular sculpture of a young lady facing down Manhattan's famous Charging Bull - distorts the original work of art and should be taken down, the bull's sculptor told reporters at a news conference on Wednesday. The city eventually responded to the public clamoring for the artwork to be allowed to remain in the Financial District, steps from Wall Street. The sculptor's lawyers today say they want the girl moved, according to the Associated Press.

New York Mayor Bill de Blasio, a vehement Trump critic, has since announced the bronze girl statue will remain in place until at least March next year.

Erected initially for a week and commissioned by a Boston-based investment company to create awareness of the need for greater gender diversity on company boards, "Fearless Girl" became an overnight sensation. Twenty-five percent of the largest 3,000 US companies have no female directors, State Street noted at the time.

'They did it for commercial purposes, ' he claims.

The "Fearless Girl" was part of a campaign to encourage companies to employ more women in senior leadership roles. "SHE makes a difference". "Which acknowledges perhaps it never should have been there in the first place".

"The world is about money, but there are people like Arturo I believe and others who it's not necessarily the sole or motivating factor", he said. He said he hopes to avoid going to court and would rather negotiate.

Almost 60 per cent have fewer than 15 per cent of female directors.

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.