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FILE In this March 8, 2017 file photo, the "Fearless Girl" statue faces Wall Street's charging bull statue in New York. The sculptor of Wall Street’s “Charging Bull” says New York City is violating his legal rights by forcing his bronze beast to face off against the “Fearless Girl.” Artist Arturo Di Modica said Wednesday, April 12, that the new neighboring statue changes his bull into something negative. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)

The 'Fearless Girl' sculptor continues to speak out for women in business



WATCH | Kristen Visbal addresses criticisms facing her Fearless Girl sculpture
For months, The "Fearless Girl" has been staring down the "Charging Bull" at Bowling Green in New York City's financial district. Since its installation for International Women's day in March, the 4 foot tall, 250-pound bronze girl has attracted non-stop visitors and has become a feminist symbol taking aim at inequalities facing women in business. The girl's sculptor, Kristen Visbal, is proud of the reception for her work. "It's just very rewarding to see all these little girls strike this power pose," Visbal said. "You can't get into a power pose and tilt your chin up and not feel empowered."

While much of the reaction for "Fearless Girl" has been positive, Visbal says there have been critiques.  Gina Bellafante of the New York Times called the piece "Corporate feminism," referencing the fact that the work was commissioned by State Street Global Advisors. "There's been some criticism about this being a corporate piece," Visbal continued. "Well, we are talking about the corporate environment so I think it's very apropos that."

The "Fearless Girl" was also denounced by Arturo Di Modica, the artist of her bovine neighbor. Di Modica asked that Fearless Girl be removed and claimed the new sculpture, appropriated "Charging Bull," changed the meaning of the original work."Charging Bull' is everything that it's always meant," Visbal said. "The bull market, the strength of the American people, the strength of the American financial market. We're not changing that. We're simply saying that we're part of that community."

Despite Di Modica's objections, NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio extended "Fearless Girl's" temporary permit until February 2018.

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