Fearless Girl and Charging Bull statues on Wall Street; via Anthony Quintano’s Flickr
Mayor Bill De Blasio announced today that the “Fearless Girl” statue currently staring down the iconic Wall Street “Charging Bull” will be getting a permanent home in front of the New York Stock Exchange in the Financial District. Since the diminutive statue’s temporary installation more than a year ago a day before International Women’s Day, sending a message to Wall Street for the need of gender equality in the financial world, the statue has become a major attraction, drawing millions of tourists and locals.
The relocation of the four-foot bronze statue, which was created by artist Kristen Visbal and owned by State Street Global Advisors, the asset management business of State Street Corporation, will alleviate safety issues arising from the crowds that regularly gather on its current narrow Broadway median. Her new home is an area with very little vehicular traffic compared to the current spot.
Of the impending move, which will be completed by the end of 2018, the mayor said, “We are proud to be home to the Fearless Girl. She is a powerful symbol of the need for change at the highest levels of corporate America—and she will become a durable part of our city’s civic life. This move to a new location will improve access for visitors and ensure that her message and impact continues to be heard. We’re grateful to State Street for their partnership in keeping the Fearless Girl here in New York City.”
“I am thrilled Fearless Girl will remain in New York, inspiring global collaboration between genders for better decisions, and an improved environment at every strata of society,” said “Fearless Girl” sculptor Kristen Visbal.
There has been talk of moving Arturo di Modica’s “Charging Bull,” to which “Fearless Girl” was installed as a challenge, as well, so the two could continue to face each other down. The city is looking into a move for the Bull statue but is still working on securing a location.
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