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‘Charging Bull’ creator says NYC, 'Fearless Girl’ statue violated his rights

“Speaking at a Manhattan news conference, Arturo Di Modica said he placed the “Charging Bull” statue in front of the New York Stock Exchange in 1987 as a symbol of America’s resilience following the stock market crash that year. The city later relocated the sculpture to a small public park area nearby.

“The bull represents strength,” said Di Modica. “The strength of America, the strength of the market.”

The iconic statue over the years has become one of the city’s most popular tourist attraction. But on the eve of International Women’s Day, State Street Global Advisors placed the new a statue of a little girl, hands defiantly on hips, in front of the bull.

The new sculpture virtually overnight became a representation of a lack of gender diversity and equality on Wall Street and in other  U.S. workplaces. The investment firm said it commissioned the artwork as a part of its call on behalf of the more than 3,500 companies that benefit from its clients’ investments to make sure their governing boards are diverse.

Created by artist Kristen Visbal, “Fearless Girl” gained widespread attention as tourists flocked to the site to take pictures with the statue. 

By March 27, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio agreed that the “fearless girl” statue would remain on Department of Transportation property as a part of a municipal art program through February 2018.

Many hailed the announcement. But Di Modica was far from pleased. He said “Fearless Girl” was part of an advertising campaign that altered the artistic message behind “Charging Bull” without his permission.  

“What they did, it’s a negative,” Di Modica said of the new message conveyed by “Fearless Girl.” Now, the message is “I’m here, what are you going to do,” he said.

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Mother Earth Sculpture By Andy Scott Grandholm Village Aberdeen Scotland by Dano-Photography
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This sculpture is sited at Grandholm Village, Aberdeen. Grandholm Village was built by Cala Homes on the site of a former mill Aberdeen City Council instructed Cala Homes to provide a suitable artwork for the area. The commission was awarded to Andy Scott Public Art of Glasgow. The sculpture was created by Andy Scott and his assistant at the time, George Potter, and took around 6 months to complete, being installed on site in 2005. The theme chosen was one of a female figure to represent a kind of ‘Mother Earth ’ figure. She is draped in a steel 'fabric’ to represent the cloth weave of the Crombie Textile Mills, which once occupied the site. The big cats or leopards are representative of those incorporated in the city of Aberdeen’s coat of arms. The work involved a welded steel technique, using a variety of different bars and plates, including profile cut 'spots’ for the leopards.


James Turrell (1943, Los Angeles, USA) 

The Celestial Vault /Panorama in the dunes, 1996 (renovation 2008).
Produced by Stroom Den Haag.

This James Turrell sculpture is a 25 min cycle ride from The Hague. It is near to the small and relatively new (1923) seaside town of Kijkduin. The sculpture can be found amongst the sand dunes, about 200 metres from the shoreline. Celestial Vault is in two parts, part one consists of a concave bowl cut into the peak of a high sand dune. You enter the vestibule of the vault through a short tunnel that is cut through the side of the dune. In the centre of this bowl is an angled concrete bench/bed which offers space for two people to lie (tilted backwards) and appreciate the work. Part two is a similar bench on a higher point. This sits on top of a rounded dune.

The graffiti on the bench says “I love you” in Dutch.