Published: Thu, April 13, 2017
Money | By Oscar Reynolds

Wall Street Bull Sculptor Says NYC Violated His Rights With 'Fearless Girl'

Wall Street Bull Sculptor Says NYC Violated His Rights With 'Fearless Girl'

The "Fearless Girl" statue, a 4-foot statue of a young girl, defiantly looks up the iconic Wall Street "Charging Bull" sculpture in New York City on March 29, 2017.

Arturo Di Modica will challenge city officials for issuing a permit to allow Kristen Visbal's figure to stay until February 2018.

Siegel said they want the girl sculpture moved and for Di Modica to be awarded damages for the violation of his legal, statutory rights.

DE artist Kristen Visbal's statue of a girl with her hands on her hips was placed on the traffic island on March 7.

Siegel, who joined Di Modica and other lawyers at a news conference, said the attorneys sent letters requesting the girl's removal to Democratic Mayor Bill de Blasio and the CEOs of State Street and its advertising firm, McCann Worldgroup. It was meant to illustrate New York's resilience in the face of the 1987 stock market crash. The statue debuted on International Women's Day and was originally supposed to be in its place only temporarily, but after the city announced last month that it would stay for at least another year.

Di Modica also faulted the girl for putting his statue in a negative light.

Displeased with that decision, Di Modica is fighting back.

This defiant little bronze statue was temporarily installed as a symbol of equality and pressure for big investment firms to add more women to their boards.

"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, told The Washington Post on Tuesday night.

The company says on its website that it placed "Fearless Girl" in a spot that made her "impossible to ignore".

He says that the fact that the original plaque has been removed from the girl's feet proves that its motive wasn't genuine. "Fearless Girl" makes a far more visceral point about the inexorable sway of capitalism than feminism, but then again, what exactly is the difference anymore?

"The world changes and we are now running with this bull". "Women, girls, that's great, but that's not what that (my sculpture) is", he told MarketWatch.

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