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.
Attorney Norman Siegel told the Associated Press that Italian-born sculptor Arturo Di Modica plans to explain his plans to challenge city officials who allowed the “Fearless Girl” statue to be installed without his permission during a Wednesday press conference.
Di Modica installed the “Charging Bull” statue in front of the New York Stock Exchange in 1987 as a symbol of America’s resilience following the stock market crash that year, AP reported.
The city eventually moved the piece to a small public park in the Financial District.
The iconic statue has remained in the park and become a massive tourist attraction, until on the eve of International Women's Day, an asset management company placed a statue of a little girl in front of the charging bull to highlight a lack of gender diversity and equality in the workplace.
Overnight the fearless girl statue, which was created by artist Kristen Visbal, gained widespread attention with tourists flocking to the site to take pictures with the statue as a petition from change.org gained thousands of signatures requesting the statue remain a permanent fixture.
The statue was commissioned by State Street Global Advisors as a part of its call on the more than 3,500 companies that benefit from its clients' investments to make sure their governing boards are diverse.
By March 27, Mayor Bill De Blasio agreed that the “fearless girl” statue would remain on Department of Transportation property as a part of its art program through February 2018.
While many praised the move, Di Modica was far from pleased. He told MarketWatch the fearless girl statue was simply "an advertising trick," which no one can argue with.
“I put it there for art,” he told MarketWatch. “My bull is a symbol for America. My bull is a symbol of prosperity and for strength.”