Published: Thu, April 20, 2017
Medicine | By Megan Pierce

'Charging Bull' Sculpture Artist Not Happy With NYC Over 'Fearless Girl'

'Charging Bull' Sculpture Artist Not Happy With NYC Over 'Fearless Girl'

Standing in defiance of the Wall Street mainstay "Charging Bull", "Fearless Girl" was the subject of a heated news conference recently, during which "Charging Bull' sculptor Arturo Di Modica let his opinion of the little-bronze-girl-who-could be known".

Di Modica claims that the statue is an "advertising trick" created by two corporate giants State Street Global Advisors, the Boston-based investment giant, and McCann, its NY advertising firm.

While Di Modica continues to grumble and oppose the "Fearless Girl" statue (which the city will allow to stay in place until at least February 2018 after hundreds of thousands of people signed a petition asking for it to remain), artist Visbal has admitted she empathizes with him. Di Modica said that the State Street Global Advisors (SSGA) have violated his rights because the girl statue has infringed his copyright when it changed the bull's tension in Wall Street.

The "Fearless Girl" also violates the original artist's right to preserve the integrity of his work under the Visual Artists Rights Act, according to the letters.

His lawyer, Norman Siegel, said the girl's presence makes the bull "representational of male dominance and Wall Street" instead.

Di Modica himself plopped his 3 1/2-ton bovine beneath a Christmas tree in front of the New York Stock Exchange in December 1989 without a permit.

"[De Blasio] is not addressing the issues here, of whether or not there is copyright or trademark infringement, and what due diligence did the city of NY do to granting the permit", Siegel said.

Siegel called for damages for the "violation" of Di Modica's statutory rights, urging the mayor and company chief executives to come together to find an amicable solution. An inscription at the base reads, "Know the power of women in leadership".

- Bill de Blasio (@NYCMayor) April 12, 2017We wouldn't move the Charging Bull statue if it offended someone.

A lawsuit has not been filed, said Siegel, who declined to say whether or when that might happen.

"So remove her and place her somewhere else in the city", he added. At a news conference Wednesday, Di Modica talked about what the bull stands for and what effect the new sculpture has had on it. It was meant to illustrate New York's resilience in the face of the 1987 stock market crash.

McCann and the mayor's office didn't immediately respond to requests for comment from Bloomberg BNA.

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