Bill de Blasio Shuts Down ‘Charging Bull’ Artist’s Request to Remove the Popular ‘Fearless Girl’ Statue

Controversy bubbles up around McCann's installation

'Charging Bull' sculptor Arturo Di Modica isn't a huge fan of that 'Fearless Girl' statue.
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McCann New York quietly placed the now famous “Fearless Girl” statue across from the iconic Wall Street “Charging Bull” statue on International Women’s Day for client State Street Global Advisors. Most of the world was enamored with the statue of the girl, but sculptor Arturo Di Modica, who made the bull statue, was not.

The artist, who felt the “Fearless Girl” was not really a piece of art but rather an ad, was especially displeased to learn it would stand defiantly across from his bull through February 2018.

Di Modica told The Washington Post he plans to hold a press conference today to discuss the “Fearless Girl,” which he says was put up without his permission. (It should be noted that Di Modica originally installed his own sculpture in the dark of night and without a permit.)

McCann New York declined to comment for this story.

After The Washington Post published its story, backlash on Twitter quickly followed. One of the strongest critics of the artist was New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio who chimed in, arguing that a man lashing out against the statue goes to show just how necessary the statue really is.

Others are taking the artists side, arguing the statue is not a piece of art, but rather an advertisement.