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The creator of the Wall Street bull statue says the 'Fearless Girl' is just a 'trick'

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On International Women's Day, a statue of a girl standing with her hands proudly on her hips was installed across from the iconic Wall Street "Charging Bull" statue.

The creator of the bull statue says the now-iconic "Fearless Girl" is nothing special.

"That is not a symbol! That's an advertising trick," Arturo Di Modica told MarketWatch

Technically, he's right. The statue was installed by State Street Global Advisors as a publicity stunt for a gender diversity campaign.

I put it there for art. My bull is a symbol for America.
Arturo Di Modica

Di Modica argues his bull carries more power. He spent $350,000 of his own money to install the statue without permission in December 1989 after a stock market crash in 1987, hoping the bull would give life to the markets. 

By contrast, he said the placement of "Fearless Girl" amounts to vandalism of "Charging Bull."

The day the statue was installed, a group of children sang around it.

"Fearless Girl," created by Kristen Visbal, quickly became a hit with New Yorkers. 

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The popularity has drawn some protests. Some supporters of President Trump clad the girl in a "Make America Great Again" hat on Monday and gave her a sign that said "VETS B4 ILLEGALS," Gothamist reported. The hat and signs have since been removed.

What do you think of the "Fearless Girl" statue?

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