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Sculptor of Wall Street’s bull wants ‘Fearless Girl’ moved

NEW YORK — 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.

Arturo Di Modica said his 11-foot-tall bull is supposed to represent “freedom in the world, peace, strength, power and love,” but “Fearless Girl” has turned his work’s message into something negative.

“The girl is right in front doing this, ‘Now I’m here, what are you going to do?’” Di Modica complained.

An attorney for Di Modica, Norman Siegel, said the 4-foot-tall bronze girl was created as part of an advertising campaign for Boston-based investment firm State Street Global Advisors and its placement opposite the bull exploits the earlier sculpture for commercial gain and negates its positive message.

“The placement of the statue of the young girl in opposition to ‘Charging Bull’ has undermined the integrity and modified the ‘Charging Bull’” Siegel said. “The ‘Charging Bull’ no longer carries a positive, optimistic message. Rather it has been transformed into a negative force and a threat.”

Di Modica’s bull has become a familiar icon since he gave it to the city in 1989.

Artist Kristen Visbal’s statue of a girl with her hands on her hips was placed on a traffic island facing the bull on March 7.

The work was embraced by tourists and others as a symbol of female empowerment.

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