Sculptor of Wall Street's bull wants DE artist's 'Fearless Girl' moved

Sculptor of Wall Street's bull wants DE artist's 'Fearless Girl' moved

Artist Kristen Visbal's statue of a girl with her hands on her hips was placed on the traffic island on March 7. In response to petitions with tens of thousands of signatures for the statue to stay longer, mayor Bill de Blasio announced the city permit would be extended for almost one year.

Di Modica is arguing that New York City officials should have gotten his permission to keep the opposed statue installed longer than its initial permit. "Remove her and place her somewhere else in the city", he said. "SHE makes a difference" -a direct reference to State Street's SHE Index created to promote gender diversity.

His opposition to the neighboring sculpture is that that "Charging Bull", "has been transformed into a negative force and a threat".

Mayor de Blasio responded on Twitter on Wednesday, writing: "Men who don't like women taking up space are exactly why we need the Fearless Girl".

Displeased with that decision, Di Modica is fighting back. Mr Siegel said he was demanding the city release documents showing what procedures were followed.

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Siegel said he hopes the dispute can be resolved amicably but added, "We never dismiss the possibility of litigation". Di Modica plans to hold a press conference on Wednesday afternoon to further address his course of action, though it's unclear if he plans to formally file a lawsuit.

According to the letters sent by Di Modica, putting the new statue where it is amounts to creating an unauthorized derivative work, violating his federal copyright interest in his sculpture. Di Modica told reporters at a press conference.

Fearless Girl, he suggested, could be relocated outside any number of NY firms with poor records on gender equality, or indeed in any other U.S. city.

The city eventually moved the piece to a small public park in the Financial District. The Italian immigrant intended the work to bolster American traders' spirits after the stock crash of a few years before - though the NYSE, it must be said, was not pleased with its holiday gift, hefting away the bull by the end of the day. The plaque underneath the sculpture reads: "Know the power of women in leadership".

The firm that commissioned the statue made no immediate comment but has a powerful ally in the form of the NY mayor.

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