Whether or not you have been to the city that never sleeps, I am pretty sure you are familiar with the Raging Bull that has been shown in countless movies. So just in case you were wondering who the sculptor is, he is Arturo Di Modica, an Italian American artist.
He gave the creation in 1989.
The artist created the “Raging Bull” as a show of “freedom in the world, peace, strength, power and love so the recent sculptor called the “Fearless Girl” gives all of that a negative connotation.
Mr. Di Modica’s lawyer, Norman Siegel said the bronze sculpture was made as a part of advertising campaign for the Boston-based investment firm, State Street Global Advisors.
The issue here is the placement of the sculpture to which the attorney said:
“The placement of the statue of the young girl in opposition to ‘Charging Bull’ has undermined the integrity and modified the ‘Charging Bull. The ‘Charging Bull’ no longer carries a positive, optimistic message. Rather it has been transformed into a negative force and a threat.”
The creator of the so-called, “Fearless Girl” is Kristen Visbal.
The sculpture was meant to be a symbol of “female empowerment” but the move to use Mr. Di Modica’s sculptor was wrong and disrespectful.
The artist, Kristen Visbal, has used the Raging Bull as a symbol for patriarchial, misogyny and the Fearless Girl was its antithesis without Mr. Di Modica’s permission!
And since the sculpture was to celebrate International Women’s Day, that just drives it home for me.
The sculpture was supposed to stay on the traffic island till February, next year.
Creator Di Modica, his lawyer, Siegel and other attorneys have sent letters to the mayor of the city of New York, Bill De Blasio, CEOs of State Street and its advertising firm, McCann Worldgroup requesting the removal of the fearless girl sculpture.
Mayor Bill De Blasio made a controversial, problematic comment stating that men who don’t like women “are exactly why we need ‘Fearless Girl.”‘
So now, Mr. Di Modica is a misogynist for wanting his work to be respected?
State Street’s spokeswoman, Anne McNally, has said that the firm is reviewing the letter.
McCann spokesman Jeremy Miller said, “We are proud of ‘Fearless Girl’ and all she stands for in support of women and girls everywhere.”
By Lawyer Siegel: “We never dismiss the possibility of litigation.”