The "Fearless Girl" Statue Will Stay On Wall Street Until 2018
After plans to remove her in April, after Women's History Month, "Fearless Girl" — the statue of a defiant young female staring down Wall Street's signature Charging Bull sculpture — will now stick around until early 2018.
New York's City Hall announced Sunday that Mayor Bill de Blasio has agreed to let the statue remain in place until February 2018, following initial plans to remove it after a week following the March 7 installation by investment firm State Street Global Advisors in celebration of International Women's Day. Before the most recent announcement, that initial permit had been extended until April 2.
"In her short time here, the 'Fearless Girl' has fueled powerful conversations about women in leadership and inspired so many," de Blasio said in a written statement, according to the New York Post. "Now she'll be asserting herself and affirming her strength, even after her temporary permit expires — a fitting path for a girl who refuses to quit."
She'll be asserting herself and affirming her strength even after her temporary permit expires. https://t.co/vnxbZn2rBu— Bill de Blasio (@NYCMayor) March 27, 2017
The statue, sculpted by Kristen Visbal, has been attracting giant crowds and has become something of a social media star in the process. In addition to hundreds of Instagrams following its installation, a Twitter campaign and Change.org petition were started to make the statue a permanent addition to the city's Bowling Green Park.
However, not everyone's excited about the statue's newly extended stay: Charging Bull artist Arturo Di Modica has called the statue an "advertising trick" and is threatening to sue State Street for copyright infringement if it isn't removed by April 2, according to the New York Post. The statue was also previously vandalized by President Donald Trump's supporters, who wrapped the statue in an American flag and placed a "Make America Great" hat on its head — a stark change from the symbol of feminism, the pink pussy hat, that the statue had previously worn in honor of International Women's Day.
What often is overlooked, is the fact that Di Modica installed his charging bull without a permit in the middle of the night 28 years ago, AdWeek reports.
After Di Modica announced he would be holding a press conference to discuss the "Fearless Girl" that was installed without his permission, Mayor de Blasio shot back via Twitter.
Men who don’t like women taking up space are exactly why we need the Fearless Girl. https://t.co/D2OZl4ituJ— Bill de Blasio (@NYCMayor) April 12, 2017
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