Sculptor of Wall Street's bull wants 'Fearless Girl' moved

An attorney for Di Modica, Norman Siegel, said the 4-foot-tall bronze girl was created as part of an advertising campaign for Boston-based investment firm State Street Global Advisors and its placement opposite the bull exploits the earlier sculpture for commercial gain and negates its positive message.

"Fearless Girl" was supposed to be a temporary installation celebrating International Women's Day, but given its popularity city officials said it could stay through February 2018.

Di Modica calls the statue an "advertising trick" created by two corporate giants - Boston-based State Street Global Advisors and McCann, its NY advertising firm. In an act of guerilla art, he installed his "Charging Bull" in front of the New York Stock Exchange in 1989, without a permit.

In any case, Di Modica isn't happy about the pint-size challenger to his original work.

For at least one person, though, the Girl has offered less than welcome company.

Frail and teary eyed, the Italian sculptor said he's spent more than $300,000 of his own money to bring us the bull decades ago, as a symbol of strength - not of the patriarchy.

Di Modica has said he was inspired by the 1987 stock market crash to create the bull and sold his family farm in Sicily to pay for it.

Wall Street's new "Fearless Girl" is getting her first lesson in manspreading.

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 put a finer point on the matter in a March interview with the New York Post and MarketWatch: "That is not a symbol!"

"The question is 'How did they take copyright for their use, and use it for their promotion and advertising?'" said Siegel. Authorities originally removed the work, but later reinstalled it after public outcry made clear that New Yorkers wanted the bull to stay.

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

"The world changes and we are now running with this bull".

A lawsuit has not yet been filed, added Siegel, who has yet to provide further details.

  • Archie Newman