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Published: Thu, April 13, 2017
Economy | By Melissa Porter

Wall St's 'Charging Bull' artist says girl statue violates his rights

Wall St's 'Charging Bull' artist says girl statue violates his rights

The sculptor who created the "Charging Bull" statue is accusing New York City of violating his rights by allowing the "Fearless Girl" statue to be installed without his permission.

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.

"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. He told MarketWatch the fearless girl statue was simply "an advertising trick", which no one can argue with.

"Fearless Girl" is meant to stay on Wall Street until February 2018.

He says the bull's message is supposed to be "freedom in the world, peace, strength, power and love".

City officials removed it from the front of the New York Stock Exchange, then reinstalled it at a small public space in the financial district.

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. "Our goal with Fearless Girl was to create a powerful symbol to stand as a reminder to corporations across the globe that having more women in leadership positions contributes to overall performance and strengthens our economy".

"Wall Street is a traditionally male environment and [the statue] says, 'Hey, we're here, '" Visbal told The Wall Street Journal. Mayor Bill de Blasio extended its permit for nearly one year as a response to widespread requests to make it a permanent fixture. The tiny bronze statue is now bearing responsibility for pain inflicted on the creator of her nemesis, the Bull.

In this March 22, 2017 photo, the Charging Bull and Fearless Girl.

Siegel said he filed several FOIL requests to discover if the Mayor's Office of Citywide Event Coordination and Management and Street Activity Permit Office had any dealings or communication with State Street before the statute went up.

"The question is 'How did they take copyright for their use, and use it for their promotion and advertising?'" said Siegel.

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