'Charging Bull' sculptor accuses NYC of violating his rights

Katrina Soto
April 13, 2017

Di Modica's legal team says that State Street improperly made money via the artist's work by including images of the bull in their advertising, and by nature of the fact that the Fearless Girl in part derives her meaning by squaring off against the bull.

Mr Di Modica objects to Mayor Bill de Blasio's decision to allow the Fearless Girl statue to remain in place opposite of the Bull for one year, after a public clamouring for the statue to become permanent.

Di Modica is not suing yet.

The goal of the statue "was to create a powerful symbol to stand as a reminder" that putting more women in corporate leadership roles was a boon on many levels, the statement concluded.

"What this girl represents is the present, but also the future", Tisdalle told the Times. Twenty-five percent of the largest 3,000 USA companies have no female directors, State Street noted at the time.

The sculptor of Wall Street's "Charging Bull" statue on Wednesday demanded the removal of the "Fearless Girl" statue that's faced off against the bull since last month.

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The work of USA artist Kristen Visbal, the bronze "Fearless Girl" was installed last month, standing defiant, hands on hips and chin jutting out, directly challenging the bull.

Even the method of the statue's installation - dropped unheralded in its spot overnight - paid homage to the bull it confronts.

"I'm not a "poor Arturo", Di Modica said, in reference to a Post story in which artist Kristen Visbal, commissioned to create the bronze of a sassy girl staring down the bull, admitted feeling sorry his iconic work was now a source of mockery. Siegel, a longtime civil liberties lawyer, carefully emphasized that they, too, support the fight for gender equality and that they do not want the Fearless Girl banned entirely. "My bull is a symbol for America".

A spokeswoman for State Street Global Advisors did not immediately respond to requests for comment from Patch. Siegel called it copyright infringement and said the artist is considering a lawsuit.

His lawyers argue that proper procedure was not followed by city officials when choosing to grant the permit. "But the world changes and we are now running with this bull".

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