Ad firm proud of 'Fearless Girl' statue

Posted April 19, 2017

Arturo Di Modica, the artist who created the "Charging Bull" statue, has a problem with the "Fearless Girl" statue that was recently placed near his artwork in New York City's financial district.

He says the bull's message is supposed to be "freedom in the world, peace, strength, power and love".

Twitter, naturally, took note, with many social media users observing the irony of an established male protesting the symbolic presence of a statue that represents girl power.

Twenty-five percent of the largest 3,000 U.S. companies have no female directors, State Street noted at the time.

"The fearless girl is fearless because she's confronting the bull", said Norman Siegel, one of the artist's attorneys. Siegel said they were hoping the parties involved could "amicably resolve" any issues, but they would not rule out filing a lawsuit if necessary.

"Fearless Girl" - a statue of a young girl standing with her hands on her hips, as though in defiance - is a temporary installation in commemoration of International Women's Day. New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio even threw his full support behind the statue, and promises it will stay put for the foreseeable future. The city eventually allowed his statue to stay.

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.

"We wouldn't move the Charging Bull statue if it offended someone". At a news conference Wednesday, Di Modica talked about what the bull stands for and what effect the new sculpture has had on it.

"The girl is right in front doing this, 'Now I'm here, what are you going to do?'" Di Modica complained.

"Were not saying that it should be moved out of the city". Artist Arturo Di Modica has expressed his anger at "Fearless Girl"'s placement, calling it an advertising gimmick that changes the context of his original work.

Speaking of his own work, he added "My bull is a symbol for America". While the statue has garnered favorable worldwide attention for its message of female empowerment, 76-year-old sculptor Di Modica is reportedly not a fan.

But Di Modica's lawyers said the firm was using public property for free commercial advertising and questioned whether the city should have granted the permit.