McCann’s ‘Fearless Girl’ Statue Will Get to Stay Through February 2018

State Street artwork is added to DOT Art program

The statue has proven to be a popular tourist attraction.
Sculpture: Kristen Visbal - Photo: Federica Valabrega

She was never going to give up without a fight.

Following a campaign of support from politicians including public advocate Letitia James and Rep. Carolyn Mahoney, New York City has officially invited McCann’s “Fearless Girl” statue, created for client State Street Global Advisors, to remain in her spot opposite the Wall Street bull through February 2018.

“In her short time here, the Fearless Girl has fueled powerful conversations about women in leadership and inspired so many,” mayor Bill de Blasio said in a statement, reports the Daily News. “Now, she’ll be asserting herself and affirming her strength even after her temporary permit expires—a fitting path for a girl who refuses to quit.”

The statue had been on a temporary permit; now, NYC has added the sculpture to its DOT Art program, which will allow her to remain longer term on Department of Transportation property.

The bronze statue, which has been among the most talked-about advertisements of 2017, has become a major tourist attraction in downtown NYC. Read lots more about the statue in our Q&A with Tali Gumbiner and Lizzie Wilson, the McCann women who made her.