Italian artist Arturo Di Modica and his lawyer, Norman Siegel, argue that the artist’s rights were violated by permitting the placement of Fearless Girl in front of his piece at Wall Street.
Fearless Girl was installed to celebrate Women’s Day, but the artist assured in a press conference that it violates his artistic expression rights by modifying the “creative dynamic” of the bull, and turning attention elsewhere. Di Modica also regards the statue of the girl to be a “publicity stunt” by State Street Global Advisors, who commissioned the
“The (bull’s) message is one of freedom, peace, strength, power and love in the world. This is not good, now the girl is in front of it saying, ‘I’m here now, what are you going to do about it?’,” the sculptor said. Even though no lawsuit has been filled, the artist declared that he has taken measures by sending letters to the mayor’s office and requested documents that show the filled procedure that allows the bronze statue to remain in its current spot.
For his part, NYC mayor, Bill de Blasio, answered the sculptor’s statements via Twitter this Wednesday. “Men who don’t like women taking up space are exactly why we need the Fearless Girl,” he affirmed.
Ironically, the Italian artist installed his bull sculpture in front of the NYC stock market in the middle of the night and without authorization from City Hall in 1989. Back then, something similar happened, the city caved to public complaints and allowed the art piece to remain in the financial district.
The Fearles Girl statue by Uruguayan-American sculptor, Kristen Visbal, was installed on March 7th (on the eve of Women’s Day) right in front of the bull. At her feet a plaque reads “Know the power of women in leadership. SHE makes a difference.”