Right before International Women’s Day, a 50-inch bronze statue of a girl was placed across from the Financial District’s “Charging Bull”, just two blocks away from the Staten Island Ferry Whitehall Terminal on the Manhattan side. The statue was originally given a temporary permit of until April 2nd, but it looks like this girl is there to stay!
While many were satisfied with the addition, “Charging Bull” sculptor Arturo Di Modica was not pleased. He had threatened to sue State Street Global Advisors, the firm who commissioned “Fearless Girl”, designed by Kristen Visbal, for copyright infringement if the statute was not removed when its permit expires.
While some, including Arturo himself, believe the statue is a PR stunt, others are advocating for the statute to become a permanent placement. Mayor de Blasio considered the proposal to extend the permit but has reservations about making it permanent.
Announced earlier this week, on Sunday, March 26th, the Fearless Girl will stay in its place across from the Bull until February 2018. The temporary permit issued by the city with an original deadline of April 2nd has been extended.
Mayor de Blasio’s reasoning for keeping her in the same spot longer is what she has stood for. “In her short time here, the Fearless Girl has fueled powerful conversations about women in leadership and inspired so many. 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.”
If by next year, when the new permit expires and the Fearless Girl is forced to be moved, where do you think the city should permanently place her? With the rise of construction in St. George for the Empire Outlets and New York Wheel, do you think adding her by Borough Hall would make a great addition? We think it would be, especially having her face towards the city skyline.