'Charging Bull' Artist Calls for Removal of 'Fearless Girl' Statue

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While the "Fearless Girl" piece by artist Kristen Visbal was originally only scheduled to stay in her spot on the Department of Transportation's property until April 2, Mayor Bill de Blasio made a decision to allow the wildly popular installation to remain until February 2018.

Di Modica claims the presence of Fearless Girl infringes on his own copyrighted artistic expression while drawing global attention. The 7,000-pound sculpture was first dropped in front of the New York Stock Exchange in the middle of a 1987 night - without a permit - as a message of resilience in the wake of a financial crash.

Di Modica and his lawyer, Norman Siegel, are expected to hold a new conference on Wednesday where they will explain how and why they will challenge the city officials who allowed the statue to remain. Without the bull, the Fearless Girl would be incomplete. Anne McNally, head of public relations North America, for State Street Global Advisors, told 1010 WINS. "Rather, it has been transformed into a negative force and a threat", he added. However he said they had requested to see documents showing what procedures were followed in the approval of 'Fearless Girl'.

Siegel called for damages for the "violation" of Di Modica's statutory rights, urging the mayor and company chief executives to come together to find an amicable solution.

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"We wouldn't move the Charging Bull statue if it offended someone", de Blasio tweeted Friday. A lawsuit has not been filed, but Di Modica's course of action will be known later Wednesday.

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. Siegel told the Guardian he would offer more details at a press conference later this week.

"We're not saying that it should be moved out of the city".

Italian sculptor Arturo Di Modica contests to the idea that the girl will stay near his sculpture.

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The work was embraced by tourists and others as a symbol of female empowerment, though some critics questioned the motives of State Street, which said the statue was intended "to celebrate the power of women in leadership and to urge greater gender diversity on corporate boards".

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

"Fearless Girl" became an overnight success after its debut on the eve of International Women's Day in March.

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