The sculptor behind Wall Street’s iconic “Charging Bull” is not happy about “Fearless Girl,” the statue that showed up on International Women’s Day as a symbolic challenge to the bro-ish, bullish culture that permeates the financial industry. Arturo Di Modica issued a statement saying the statue of the little girl—created by artist Kristen Visbal—fundamentally altered the artistic integrity of his “Charging Bull,” according to the Guardian. In response, he wants New York City to explain its permitting process for the new statue.
This is all delightfully ironic because Di Modica’s sculpture was originally a guerrilla art installation that required later city approval. Well, NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio has already made it clear via Twitter that he thinks Di Modica’s gripes are a load of bull: