Sculptor of Wall Street's bull wants 'Fearless Girl' moved
13 April, 2017, 01:35 | Author: Eddie Kim
It was meant to illustrate New York's resilience in the face of the 1987 stock market crash.
Authorities initially removed the unauthorized work but later reinstalled it following public clamor for it to remain in the financial district.
But Di Modica's lawyers say it has transformed the bull "into a negative force and a threat" and turned his career triumph into a derivative work without permission.
Now, 30 years later, there's a new girl in town. and Di Modica isn't happy about it.
The man who sculpted Wall Street's "Charging Bull" is charging the city with violating his legal rights by allowing the nearby "Fearless Girl" statue to stay until next year. His attorneys say they hope to resolve the issue without going to court, saying they want the sculpture moved. "There are copyright and trademark infringement issues". A lawsuit has not been filed, but Di Modica's course of action will be known later Wednesday.
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This statue of a young girl, standing with hands on her hips and feet braced in an apparent show of courage, now stands on a traffic island facing down the "Charging Bull". "We wanted this wonderful contrast". Bull is seen, as part of a campaign by U.S. fund manager State Street to push companies to put women on their boards, in the financial district in NY, U.S., March 7, 2017.
Even the method of the statue's installation - dropped unheralded in its spot overnight - paid homage to the bull it confronts. The girl quickly became an online sensation, earning praise from Chelsea Clinton and actress Jessica Chastain and drawing its own swarm of women and girls who felt inspired.
The "Fearless Girl" was part of a campaign to encourage companies to employ more women in senior leadership roles. "SHE makes a difference" -a direct reference to State Street's SHE Index created to promote gender diversity.
"I put it there for art", he told MarketWatch. "My bull is a symbol of prosperity and for strength". "The "Charging Bull" no longer carries a positive, optimistic message". One "Fearless Girl" at a time. Not only does it shamelessly pander to every clueless joe who only became a woke feminist after having a daughter, it is really rude to make "Charging Bull" look like it's attacking a defenseless minor without first getting "Charging Bull's" consent.
After reading that Di Modica was upset by Fearless Girl, Visbal told the New York Post she was distressed and praised the sculptor's artistic abilities as "exceptional".
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