It was recently announced that Fearless Girl, a Wall Street based sculpture created by Kristen Visbal, will be relocated this National Womens' Day.
The sculpture was installed on March 7th, the day before National Womens' Day, in 2017. With her hands on her hips, Fearless Girl appears to be facing off against another iconic American symbol: the Charging Bull of Wall Street.
Lynn Blake, "an executive vice president of State Street Global Advisors" (a company that helped produce Fearless Girl) claims that the statue was intended to compliment the preexisting bull.
This, frankly, seems unlikely.
Installed as a response to the American stock market crash of 1987, Charging Bull, a creation of sculptor Arturo Di Modica, stands for American economic strength and resilience. For decades, Americans have looked to Di Modica’s art as a source of inspiration.
According to the Atlantic’s article “Why People Are So Upset About Wall Street’s ‘Fearless Girl’,” Di Modica believes that Fearless Girl “is changing the message of his work” and should be removed. This idea, while supported by some, is rejected by many. Those who reject it see Fearless Girl as a symbol of strength and empowerment for American women across the country, and especially those in business.
The truth is that Fearless Girl is a beautiful statue. She represents the inner girl inside all women; one who is bravely stands with her head high. But, without the presence of the bull, that is all she is. She would simply be a beautiful, brave girl; not one remaining dauntless in the face of a challenge.
In order to convey the intention behind her art Kristen Visbal had to use someone else's. And while this is, form first glance, a powerful message, once one is aware of the history behind Charging Bull, her intentions are overshadowed by the sketchiness of it all.