The creator of Wall Street's Charging Bull statue charged Wednesday that the sculpture installed near his iconic piece is more advertising than artwork - and makes his bronze beast look bad.
Attorney Norman Siegel said Di Modica would spell out in a press conference Wednesday how he plans to challenge city authorities, which have said the sculpture will remain in place until February 2018.
Di Modica's attorney said the artist is demanding that the city release documents showing the procedures followed to install the new figure in Bowling Green Park. According to The Washington Post, he believe the "Fearless Girl" statue has changed the integrity of his own creation, and also believes this is merely an advertising trick.
But Arturo Di Modica, who sculpted the bull, wants the girl moved.
But the Italian-born sculptor isn't welcoming her extended stay, calling the statue an "advertising trick" created by State Street Global Advisors and its NY advertising firm McCann. Police removed it because it didn't have a permit, but public support was so great that the city gave it a permanent home nearby.
Now, 30 years later, there's a new girl in town. and Di Modica isn't happy about it.
The Wall Street bull has company.
This bold presence received an overwhelmingly positive reaction from the public, which caused Mayor Bill de Blasio to extend Fearless Girl's city permit for almost one year. An inscription at the base reads, "Know the power of women in leadership. SHE makes a difference" -a direct reference to State Street's SHE Index created to promote gender diversity.
These tweets about the "Charging Bull" artist opposing the "Fearless Girl" statue prove not everyone agrees with the artist's opposition.
"I am not against women", the artist said.
Siegel said he filed several FOIL requests to discover if the Mayor's Office of Citywide Event Coordination and Management and Street Activity Permit Office had any dealings or communication with State Street before the statute went up.