Bull sculptor claims NYC violated his rights with 'Fearless Girl'

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13 April, 2017

The sculptor of the infamous "Charging Bull" statue has accused the City of NY of violating his right as an artist by allowing the "Fearless Girl" statue to be installed in front of his work without seeking prior authorization, AP reports.

With hopes of dispensing the "perfect antidote" to the stock market crash of 1987, Italian-born sculptor Arturo Di Modica spent two years welding a 7,000-pound bronze bull statue created to capture the resilience of the American people.

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.

"We believe that Mr. Di Modica's rights have been violated as a result of installing a statue of a young girl directly across from the Charging Bull", Siegel wrote.

Arturo Di Modica holds a model of his Charging Bull sculpture during a news conference Wednesday, April 12, 2017, in NY.

The work was created to draw attention to women in leadership and the lack of women in Wall Street boardrooms.

"What this girl represents is the present, but also the future", Tisdalle told the Times.

The Wall Street bull has company.

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While critics were busy debating the merits of "Fearless Girl" ― that diminutive-but-defiant statue strategically placed in front of Wall Street's resident "Charging Bull" ― the artist behind the old bovine was apparently asking, "What about me?"

Last month, before International Women's Day, a bronze statue of a little girl with her hands on her hips appeared to stare down the 7,000-pound bronze bull.

He says that the fact that the original plaque has been removed from the girl's feet proves that its motive wasn't genuine.

"How did the process happen and should permits be revoked?" the attorney, Norman Siegel, said in an interview on Wednesday, adding that his client ought to have been consulted. "My bull is a symbol for America".

His lawyers argue that proper procedure was not followed by city officials when choosing to grant the permit.

"The world changes and we are now running with this bull".

He declined to say how much money de Modica was seeking in damages.


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