Wall Street’s iconic “charging bull” statue is one of New York City’s most iconic landmarks, which puts it high in the ranking of landmarks worldwide.
The piece, which is meant to symbolize the strength and tenacity of the American economy has stood solo in The Big Apple’s financial district for decades, with tourists marking time out in their schedules to pay a visit and have a photo opportunity.
In the last few months, however, the bull hasn’t been alone. Standing defiantly in front of the iconic statues is the bronze visage of a young girl, challenging the bull. While many believed that the erection of the “fearless girl” statue was meant as a feminist piece of empowerment in the wake of the massive women’s marches that occurred shortly after Donald Trump’s inauguration, it has since been revealed that Wall Street’s newest frozen tenant was merely a publicity stunt by a Boston-based company.
With that knowledge in hand, now a third artist has added their mark to the display by adding a rather appropriate “pissing pug”, who appears to be soiling the fearless girl’s sneakers.
“’This is corporate nonsense,’ sculptor Alex Gardega said of the ‘Fearless Girl’ statue, saying it was commissioned as a publicity stunt by the Boston-based investment firm State Street Global Advisors. ‘It has nothing to do with feminism, and it is disrespect to the artist that made the bull. That bull had integrity.’
“To signify his decided lack of appreciation for the “Fearless Girl” statue, which he viewed as a downgrade from the ‘Charging Bull,’ he said he purposely crafted the ‘Pissing Pug’ poorly to add to the statement he was making.
“’I decided to build this dog and make it crappy to downgrade the statue, exactly how the girl is a downgrade on the bull,’ Gardega told the Post.
“According to Fortune, the ‘Pissing Pug’ only lasted for a couple of hours next to the “Fearless Girl” before the artist removed it after it had been kicked several times by angry passers-by.
‘It’s basically there to advertise an index fund,’ Gardega explained to Fortune of the ‘Fearless Girl’ statue. ‘It’s kind of just corporate advertising which I think has totally ruined the Bull.’
“The sculptor of the ‘Fearless Girl,’ Kristen Visbal, did not respond to Post requests for comment regarding the ‘Pissing Pug.’ Arturo DiModica, sculptor of the ‘Charging Bull,’ who has voiced his displeasure over the girl being placed in front of his bull, declined to comment to the newspaper as well.”
Before long, we could be seeing garden gnomes and hummingbird feeders adoring the symbolic block in front of the NY Stock Exchange building.
The “fearless girl” statue has been openly criticized by a plethora of onlookers and art appreciators alike. Technically, this addition to the “charging bull” display is of a noticeably lower quality, causing quite a few cringes for those who finally witness the monstrosity in person.