'Charging Bull' sculptor challenges city over 'Fearless Girl' statue

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"We continue to be grateful to the City of NY and people around the world who have responded so enthusiastically to what the Fearless Girl represents - the power and potential of having more women in leadership", the statement read.

But for a month it has been overshadowed, at least in part by the bronze "Fearless Girl" crafted by USA artist Kristen Visbal and installed in March, hands on hips and chin jutting out, directly challenging the bull. The bronze statue, entitled "Fearless Girl", was installed a day.

Di Modica is expected to explain this accusation in a news conference on Wednesday, his attorney Norman Siegel claimed. State Street Global Advisors, the firm that installed the statue, also did not answer a request for comment.

Authorities initially removed the unauthorized work but later reinstalled it following public clamor for it to remain in the financial district.

The Boston Globe reports that Arturo Di Modica, the Italian-born sculptor who so elegantly formed the Bull's famous ball sack, is demanding that the City of NY admit that they never notified him about their intention to add the Fearless Girl to the park.

Displeased with that decision, Di Modica is fighting back.

She said images of "Fearless Girl" did not go viral online because people wanted to promote an investment company, "but because she represents a refreshing, inclusive, 21st-century vision of core American values like courage and righteous defiance". "SHE makes a difference". "My bull is a symbol of prosperity and for strength". Its own 11-member board of directors has three women. One "Fearless Girl" at a time. "She's there attacking the bull", he added. "Women, girls, that's great, but that's not what that (my sculpture) is", he told MarketWatch.

He put a finer point on the matter in a March interview with the New York Post and MarketWatch: "That is not a symbol!" "But the world changes and we are now running with this bull".

"The question is 'How did they take copyright for their use, and use it for their promotion and advertising?'" said Siegel.

His lawyers argue that proper procedure was not followed by city officials when choosing to grant the permit.

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