A bit of a kerfluffle has erupted in the last few days over the “Fearless Girl” sculpture on Wall Street in New York City, created by Kristen Visbal.
As most of you know, on the morning of International Women’s Day, “Fearless Girl” was set up facing (and, in fact confronting) the famous “Charging Bull” sculpture on Wall Street. “Fearless Girl” is intended to make it clear that the time of Wall Street and major firms being a “mens’-only” club is over. Women have long deserved the right (as well as convincingly earned the right) to have an equal role in the leadership of this nation’s business community and its many firms and organizations.
Now, the artist who created and installed “Charging Bull,” Arturo Di Modica, is taking offense at the way “Fearless Girl” changes how the public looks at his own work. He wants “Fearless Girl” removed, and is suing the City to try and force this to happen.
But really, is this a reasonable argument?
“Charging Bull” was a piece of guerrilla art itself, secretly installed one night after the Stock Market crash of the 1987. The artist saw it as a symbol of prosperity and strength.
But, it has also become a symbol in the years since of the dominance of capitalism and forcefulness of American business.
And that’s precisely the problem…