'Charging Bull' Sculptor Demands 'Fearless Girl' Statue Be Moved
Apr 13 2017
The sculptor behind the famed "Charging Bull" statue in lower Manhattan, is pleading with the city to move the 'Fearless Girl' placed in front of it last month as a symbol of the fight for gender equality. At a press conference this morning, Di Modica and his lawyers said they hope to amicably solve their issues with the city before filing a lawsuit.
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.
Artist Arturo Di Modica (dee-MOH'-dih-kuh) said Wednesday that the new neighboring statue changes his bull into something negative. The Charging Bull was dumped by the artist in front of the the New York Stock Exchangewithout a permit, following the 1987 stock market crash.
"We're all for gender equality", Siegel, the former director of the New York Civil Liberties Union who's handling Di Modica's case alongside attorney Steven Hyman, toldThe Washington Post on Tuesday night. It was created to encourage corporations to fill more board seats with women.
Speaking with The Guardian, Di Modica said he believed the statue infringed on his rights, and he also critiqued the statue's status as a symbol for women everywhere.
Di Modica whispered, barely able to finish his sentence and touching his chest.
A plaque originally placed at the girl's feet read: "Know the power of women in leadership".
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio has shown no inclination of moving the intrepid girl from the bronze bull's path any time soon: "Men who don't like women taking up space are exactly why we need the Fearless Girl", he tweeted Wednesday morning. "SHE makes a difference" -a direct reference to State Street's SHE Index created to promote gender diversity.
But Visbal has made no secret of her admiration for her statue's massive counterpart: "The bull is attractive", she told The New York Post in March. "Women, girls, that's great, but that's not what that (my sculpture) is", he told MarketWatch.
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