Arturo Di Modica, ‘Charging Bull’ Artist, Claims His Legal Rights Violations Against New York City


New York City is being accused of violating the legal rights of the sculptor of Wall Street’s “Charging Bull” statue after it installed “Fearless Girl” statue facing the bronze beast, without his permission.

Artistic copyright invasion:

Arturo Di Modica, the artist, will hold a news conference on Wednesday to explain how he’s planning on challenging the city officials who issued a permit for the bronze girl to stay until February, according to his attorney, Norman Siegel. Siegel added that he’s requesting the city to release documents that show which procedures were followed.

On the eve of International Women’s Day, Kristen Visbal’s sculpture was placed on a traffic island near Wall Street to make a point, which is that there’s a shortage of women on the boards of the largest U.S. corporations.

The statue, depicting a 4-foot girl staring down the 11-foot bull with hands planted on her hips, became a tourist magnet. Mayor Bill de Blasio announced that the city permit was extended for nearly one year, after petitions with tens of thousands of signatures demanded for the statue to stay longer

Di Modica claims that the statue is an “advertising trick” created by two corporate giants State Street Global Advisors, the Boston-based investment giant, and McCann, its New York advertising firm.

The sculptor claims that the presence of “Fearless Girl” invades his own artistic copyright to the “Charging Bull,” as it changes the creative dynamic to include the other bold presence.

Similar history:

However, “Charging Bull” was in a similar situation as “Fearless Girl”. After the 1987 stock market crash, Di Modica installed the massive bronze in front of the New York Stock Exchange, in the middle of the night and without a permit, to symbolize America’s financial resilience.

Eventually, the city gave in to the public requesting the artwork to remain in the Financial District close to Wall Street.

Siegel, the former director of the New York Civil Liberties Union, was approached by the sculptor around 10 days ago, to handle the case along with attorney Steven Hyman.

Siegel added that they haven’t filed a lawsuit yet and refused to reveal whether or when that might happen.