Shared from the 2017-03-28 Chattanooga eEdition

‘Fearless Girl’ statue to stay on Wall Street through next year



The “Fearless Girl” statue stands in New York on Monday.

NEW YORK — The globally popular statue of a young girl staring down Wall Street’s “Charging Bull” will remain in place through February 2018 instead of being removed Sunday, the mayor said.

Democratic Mayor Bill de Blasio appeared with the “Fearless Girl” statue Monday on the lower Manhattan traffic meridian where the two bronze figures face each other.

The 4-foot, 250-pound ponytailed girl in a windblown dress was installed this month to highlight the dearth of women on corporate boards as she stands strong against the 11-foot-tall, 7,100-pound bull. The girl became an instant tourist draw.

The artist, Kristen Visbal, said the response to her work “renewed my faith in sculpture to make an impact on society, to create a debate the way a good piece of art should.”

She said she’s received more than 1,000 emails from around the world, including from a mother who wanted to wallpaper her daughter’s room with the girl’s image.

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