Wednesday, 5 July 2017

Picture of the Day: Fearless Girl

The defiance of Fearless Girl stares down Charging Bull
Today we went downtown to the financial district to look at the latest artistic addition to the area.

Charging Bull has been there for many years, signifying Wall Street with its, well, bullish attitude towards the markets.

It's a favourite statue for many tourists to take pictures of, particularly mainland Chinese, who see the bull at the epitome of American capitalism and the hopes of rubbing its nose will bring them good luck.

Charging Bull is a favourite with tourists visiting Wall Street
But in March, just before International Women's Day, the statue of a little girl was deliberately placed in front of the bull by State Street Global Advisors, an investment-service company to make a statement about gender diversity and to send a message to finance companies to increase the number of women on their corporate boards.

The 4-ft statue is a fantastic counterpoint to the masculine animal, but for Arturo di Modica, the Italian artist behind Charging Bull, he feels the meaning behind his piece has changed because of Fearless Girl and wants to sue State Street for not conferring with him earlier.

He felt the new addition changed his piece from having a meaning of "strength" and "power" to being a threat.

Maybe we are biased, but we love Fearless Girl. We need more of them to change people's perceptions of women and maybe finally have equity pay as well as equal treatment, and standing in front of a charging bull is a strong, determined start.

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