Should 'Brave Girl' be removed?
I think both statues should be removed.
I hate just about all public art in Manhattan. Uniformly awful.
I think both are nice statues.
The fact that they cause some discussion is a plus.
April 16th, 2017 10:22am
After reading the article I strongly agree that the "Fearless Girl" statue should be removed:
"The thing weighs more than 7000 pounds, and cost Di Modica some US$350,000 of his own money. He said he wanted the bull to represent “the strength and power of the American people”. He had it trucked into the Financial District and set it up, completely without permission. It’s maybe the only significant work of guerrilla capitalist art in existence."
"Unlike Di Modica’s work, Fearless Girl was commissioned. Commissioned not by an individual, but by an investment fund called State Street Global Advisors, which has assets in excess of US$2.4 trillion.
It’s not a work of guerrilla art; it’s an extremely clever advertising scheme. This is what makes it clever: Fearless Girl derives its power almost entirely from Di Modica’s statue."
Leave it in place but rotate it 180 degrees about its vertical axis.
The key detail on the advertising was it has a marker that refers to "SHE", all capitals, which is the ticker sign of the company that commissioned it. In addition to the entire thing being a marketing scheme designed by their ad company with the SJW crowd as their target audience.
They say this dude was a poor immigrant and artist. Where did he get $350,000 to make a statue? How did he install it in that location without the police noticing?
I'm skeptical of the whole origin story.
"In the early morning hours of Friday, December 15, 1989, Arturo with a few friends dropped the Charging Bull on Broad Street right in front of the New York Stock Exchange. The previous night he’d gone to the location with a chronometer to check – noting that every 5 – 6 minutes the police patrol would come by, so he saw he’d have to drop the bull and get away within 4 ½ minutes."
I say put the girl and bull together, so the girl is petting the bull. Meaning they are friends!
Here, the minotaur lunges towards a young girl who holds flowers in one hand and a candle in the other. Upright and unafraid to look—the only figure in the print whose legs have one firm direction—she has the power to meet the minotaur because she has good will. She wants to see him, wants him to find his way into the light.
April 17th, 2017 9:12am