Thursday, 19 October, 2017

'Charging Bull' creator claims 'Fearless Girl' violates his rights

New York. Mayor Bill de Blasio says the popular statue of a young girl will be allowed to remain through February 2018. (AP Ph Sculptor of Wall Street's bull wants 'Fearless Girl' moved
Juana Turner | 14 April, 2017, 00:45

And while critics have called "Fearless Girl" an example of "corporate feminism"-thanks in part to the fact that it features a plaque advertising one of SSGA's financial products, an index fund that invests in women-led companies-many have embraced its symbolism of a powerful young girl standing strong in the face of challenges, asking Mayor Bill De Blasio to extend the statue's permitted run". The statue of the girl facing the bull has clearly struck a chord, Baring-Gould said.

This comment falls in line with other's the de Blasio has made concerning the statue, having said in March that the little girl is "standing up to fear, standing up to power, being able to find in yourself the strength to do what's right". The city later relocated the sculpture to a small public park nearby.

The sculptor of Wall Street's "Charging Bull" statue on Wednesday demanded the removal of the "Fearless Girl" statue that's faced off against the bull since last month.

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Fearless Girl was a unifying symbol when it went up on International Women's Day this year.

Siegel said he hopes the dispute can be resolved amicably but added, "We never dismiss the possibility of litigation". Twenty-five per cent of the largest 3000 U.S. companies have no female directors, State Street noted at the time.

"None of us here today are not in any way opponents of gender rights", explained the lawyer.

In 2009, he sued publisher Random House and the authors of a book about the collapse of Lehman Brothers, alleging that an image of the bull on the book's cover infringed on his copyright of the artwork. The case was settled in 2010, federal court records show.

The letter also maintains that the sculpture was put there for commercial purposes.

"[De Blasio] is not addressing the issues here, of whether or not there is copyright or trademark infringement, and what due diligence did the city of NY do to granting the permit", Siegel said.

If all sides fail to reach an acceptable settlement of the sculptor's latest claims, Siegel said Di Modica's legal arguments would hinge in part on the Visual Artists Rights Act.

Di Modica createdhis statue as a positive symbol, but says the addition of the courageous girl turned his bull into a villain. Before Fearless Girl came on the scene, the bull was an encouraging representation of a booming economy. "Instead of a physical modification, it's treating distortion more in a contextual way, and that could be a problem".

The artist told the press Wednesday that he invested $300,000 of his own money and two years work to make "Charging Bull" a reality.

Di Modica is also seeking unspecified damages from the city of NY, the Guardian said. New York Mayor Bill De Blasio extended the city permit for the figure by nearly a year in response to public support, saying at the time that the girl signified "standing up to fear, standing up to power, being able to find in yourself strength to do what's right".

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