Wednesday on "Pure Opelka," Mike Opelka talked about the controversy over the "Fearless Girl" statue being placed in front of the famous "Charging Bull" sculpture on International Women's Day. The sculptor who created the large bronze bull in the Financial District of Manhattan, Arturo Di Modica, is hot under the collar about it.
Di Modica, a 76 year old Sicilian immigrant, would like his artwork to be as he designed it to be."That is not a symbol! That’s an advertising trick," he fumed. "Women, girls, that’s great, but that’s not what that [my sculpture] is. I put it there for art. My bull is a symbol for America. My bull is a symbol of prosperity and for strength.”
The State Street Global Advisors out of Boston, an investment company with about $2.5 trillion in assets, is responsible for the statue of the girl and, according to them, wanted to promote gender diversity in corporate leadership roles.
Mike explained that this is someone taking Di Modica's artwork and changing the meaning of it. "He's upset at the statue of the fearless girl, the bronze fifty inch tall statue of the fearless girl, that was put up in front of the bull. As if to say, 'You stop, capitalism. You stop in your tracks.' And he's not happy," Opelka.
The permit allowing the "Fearless Girl" statue to be there is set to expire April 2, but a spokesperson for the mayor of New York City, Natalie Grybauskas, said they're exploring the possibility of keeping the statue longer.