The statues available for sale. Photo Credit: Jafe Parsons.
It was bound to happen. Two-foot-high replicas of the popular, controversial “Fearless Girl” statue of a young girl standing up to Wall Street’s “Charging Bull” are now for sale, Huffington Post reports. The statue’s creator, artist Kristen Visbal, is selling reproductions of the infamous statue for $6,500; the statues will be part of a limited edition with only 1,000 made in total.
According to Visbal via the statue’s website, where you can purchase the reproductions, “My hope is that your limited edition bronze will serve as a symbol of empowerment and encouragement and as a reminder that collaboration between genders and culture is the enlightened path forward for smarter, stronger decisions.” Twenty percent of proceeds from sales of the statues will benefit nonprofits supporting women’s education and gender equality.
The temporary bronze sculpture that has attracted millions of tourists and locals was commissioned by State Street Global Advisors and installed last March, a day before International Women’s Day, sending a message to Wall Street for the need of gender equality in the financial world. With her chin up and hands firmly on her hips, the 250-pound statue defiantly faces the iconic Charging Bull statue, which has stood in the same spot since 1989.
In October 2017 it was revealed by the Department of Labor that State Street Global had paid women and black executives less than their white male counterparts; the company agreed to pay $5 million in retribution to more than 300 women and 15 black employees. “Fearless Girl” generated an estimated $7 million in free marketing after just six months.
Visbal said she’s thinking of selling smaller versions at a more affordable price. Current reproductions, available in a “butterscotch brown” color with a black granite base will take three to four months to create.
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