Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Battle of the Wall Street Statues: Dog Statue Pissing on Girl Statue Added

In 1989, a bronze sculpture of a bull was dropped at the Bowling Green public square in the Financial District in Manhattan, near Wall Street.

 It was guerrilla art installed without government permission by artist Arturo Di Modic.

Its popularity led to it being a permanent feature.

The sculpture weighs 7,100-pound and stands 11 feet and measures 16 feet long.

Dianne Durante in Outdoor Monuments of Manhattan: A Historical Guide wrote:
[I]t's not far-fetched to say the theme is the energy, strength, and unpredictability of the stock market.
Some, however, in this era of the Social Justice warriors that take slight at everything not created by albino lesbian midgets with attention deficit order, took the statue as an affront to women.

They stuck a statue of an angry and defiant girl in front of the bull. As if Wall Street was somehow attacking girls.

“Fearless Girl” was placed opposite Di Modica’s bull in March on this year for International Women’s Day on a temporary government permit — which New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio then extended for 11 months after pressure from women’s groups to keep it around longer.

As if angry defiance, as opposed to entrepreneurship and hard work, was the key to a successful business life. As if Wall Street traders didn't have daughters at home that made the daily risks of capital and accompanying stress all worth it.

But there is more.

The  "Fearless Girl" statute apparently irritates sculptor Alex Gardega.

He has struck back by creating a statue of a small dog, titled “Pissing Pug” and he has placed it next to “Fearless Girl” aiming at her left leg.

Alex Gardena next to “Fearless Girl” and his “Pissing Pug”
I'd like to think that Gardena is attempting to artistically present the idea of pissing on Social Justice Warrior wackiness rather than little girls.  But Gardega insisted that he is “pro-feminism” and has “nothing against the sculptor whatsoever.”

 "It is disrespect to the artist that made the bull,” he says. “That bull had integrity.”


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