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New York City sculptor Alex Gardega has made a statement about Wall Street’s Fearless Girl statue with one of his own—a small dog with its leg lifted, taking aim at the child’s tennis shoe.
— NBC Boston (@nbcboston) May 30, 2017
“This is corporate nonsense,” Gardega told the New York Post, referring to the statue of the girl.
“It has nothing to do with feminism, and it is disrespect to the artist that made the bull,” he added. “That bull had integrity.”
Gardega, who lives on the Upper West Side, says that he didn’t just want to portray the dog peeing on the little girl; he purposefully did a poor job of sculpting the pooch, titled Pissing Pug, because he wanted to make a statement.
“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.
The Fearless Girl, installed by the mutual fund company State Street Global Advisors, has sparked controversy since it was placed opposite of sculptor Arturo Di Modica’s famed Charging Bull for International Women’s Day in March. Initially erected on a temporary permit, Mayor Bill de Blasio extended the girl’s stay for 11 months.
Neither Di Modica, who is suing the mutual company for trademark and copyright infringement, nor the Fearless Girl creator Kristen Visbal, have publicly responded to the Pissing Pug.