Sculptor Alex Gardega made his statement about the "Fearless Girl" statue recently installed across from the Wall Street "Charging Bull" statue by briefly installing a statue of a dog urinating at the fearless girl’s feet.
Gardega had a problem with the "Fearless Girl" statue because he felt that it devalued the iconic bull. "It’s basically there to advertise an index fund," Gardega said, according to Fortune. "It’s kind of just corporate advertising which I think has totally ruined the Bull."
"Fearless Girl" was commissioned by Boston investment firm State Street Global Advisors, Fortune reported, but was built to commemorate International Women’s Day to get people talking about female leadership. It was only meant to stay for a week, but its popularity led New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio to announce that the statue would remain until at least February 2018, and maybe permanently.
Feminists took the statement as being anti-female, and many tweeted about the statue and Gardena.
"Charging Bull" statue creator Arturo Di Modica called the "Fearless Girl" statue an "advertising trick" and has sued State Street Global Advisors for copyright infringement because of how the statue was placed, HuffPost reported.
Gardega removed the dog statue after only a few hours when several passersby kicked it and another one threw it, Fortune reported.
The statue was intentionally stylized and was made of paper mache.
"I decided to build this dog and make it crappy to downgrade the statue, exactly how the girl is a downgrade on the bull," he said, according to the New York Post.
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