'Charging Bull' sculptor accuses NYC of violating his rights

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Artist Arturo di Modica says the placement of the "Fearless Girl" statue against his "Charging Bull" on Wall Street initially made him "sick" and wounded his pride - but now he wants revenge, MarketWatch reports.

The "Fearless Girl" statue was placed facing the bull the night prior to International Women's Day on March 7 to help illustrate the lack of women on boards of the majority of US businesses.

The "Fearless Girl" statue, a four-foot statue of a young girl, defiantly looks up the iconic Wall Street "Charging Bull" sculpture in New York City, United States on March 29, 2017. In an act of guerilla art, he installed his "Charging Bull" in front of the New York Stock Exchange in 1989, without a permit.

What do you think about the "Bull" artist claiming the "Fearless Girl" violates his rights? "It's negative force and a threat".

"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 company said in the statement.

What's more, the irony of the initial circumstances of Di Modica's own sculpture is not lost on us.

"Gender equality is serious issue, none of us here are in any way not proponents of gender equality but there are issues of trademarks and copyright that need to be addressed", said attorney Norman Siegel.

Siegel urged the NY mayor and those who commissioned the Girl to come together to find an amicable solution, warning that without talks he would face "the hard decision" of whether to litigate.

A lawsuit has not yet been filed, added Siegel, who has yet to provide further details. Di Modica will reportedly hold a news conference Wednesday to discuss his qualms. An inscription at the base reads, "Know the power of women in leadership".

Certain tweets were more explicit, saying the bull statue already had implications of hyper-masculinity and a statue of a little girl staring it down had not created that impression. Police confiscated the sculpture, but the city's government placed it where it now stands after the public called for its return.

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

"The Charging Bull no longer carries a positive, optimistic message", Di Modica's counsel said in the letters.

He's not entirely wrong, but it's somewhat ironic that Di Modica has a problem with the statue being placed there without going through the proper channels.

The sculptor behind Wall Street's famous "Charging Bull" statue isn't too happy about its competition.

Kristen Visbal, the sculptor who created "Fearless Girl", did not immediately return a request for comment.

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