Italian sculptor Arturo Di Modica, creator of Wall Street's "Charging Bull," is reproaching the famous "Fearless Girl" statue installed in front of the bull without his permission. Di Modica said that the State Street Global Advisors (SSGA) have violated his rights because the girl statue has infringed his copyright when it changed the bull's tension in Wall Street.
USA Today Di Modica as saying, "The bull represents strength, the strength of America, the strength of the market." Di Modica placed his statue in 1987 in front of the New York Stock Exchange to symbolize America's resistance against the market crash during that time. It was later relocated to its current place.
But on March 7, the SSGA has commissioned artist Kristen Visbal to create the "Fearless Girl" to honor the determination and strength of women in leadership on International Women's Month, reports Travelers Today. Visbal placed the statue that evening as a revolutionary art, with people saying that it "represents the future."
The new figure became an attraction itself and had people signing up in petitions to have the "Fearless Girl" stay in its place permanently. With hands on her hips, staring at the "Charging Bull," the girl became a well-loved attraction that even Mayor Bill de Blasio announced that the monument would stay for another year, as reported by The Guardian.
But Di Modica was not pleased. He considered the girl as an advertising trick done by SSGA, which altered the message of his artwork. Other than that, the statue was named the "Fearless Girl" only because it faced the "Charging Bull." Without it, it would be incomplete; thus the statue derived its name and presence because of the bull.
Di Modica have his attorneys contact Mayor Blasio and other affected parties. The team also filed for Freedom of Information Act requests and other documents to seek agreeable conditions to have the girl relocated and the bull's creator recompensed for intellectual property damage.