Attorney: 'Fearless Girl' Statue Violates Bull Sculptor's Copyright

Jon Howard
April 13, 2017

After a petition with tens of thousands of signatures in support of the "Fearless Girl", New York mayor Bill de Blasio said the city had extended its permit for a year.

The Italian-born sculptor installed his bronze in December 1989, as a celebration of the can-do spirit in America to counter the 1987 Wall Street market crash. But the installation of the bold girl defiantly standing in the bull's path has transformed the meaning of one of New York's best-known public artworks.

Contrasted with the soft, altruistic characteristics of the bronze girl, though, "Charging Bull" now appears menacing and aggressive.

Last month financial group State Street Global Advisors erected a statue of a young woman staring down the iconic NY bull sculpture, her arms akimbo.

Mr Di Modica has argued that the girl is not a work of art, but rather an "advertising trick" since it was sponsored by investment firm State Street Global Advisers, and erected by advertising firm McCann.

The city's ruling to let the bronze depiction of a defiant girl remain until February 2018 just feet from the bull's flaring nostrils should be reviewed, said a lawyer for sculptor Arturo Di Modica.

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"It's really bad", a frail Arturo Di Modica, 76, told reporters, his voice thick with emotion and barely audible. "We're all for gender equality", his attorney told the Washington Post.

Siegel says Di Modica will elaborate at a Wednesday news conference.

The work was embraced by tourists and others as a symbol of female empowerment, though some critics questioned the motives of State Street, which said the statue was intended "to celebrate the power of women in leadership and to urge greater gender diversity on corporate boards".

This overt reference to State Street's SHE Index could contribute to Di Modica insistence that "Fearless Girl" is nothing more than marketing trickery orchestrated by the firm's NY advertising partner, McCann.

A spokeswoman for State Street Global Advisors did not immediately respond to requests for comment from Patch. As 1010 WINS" Juliet Papa reported, Siegel said the firm co-opted the bull to advertise an exchange traded fund called "she'.

Indeed the world is changing.

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