Not Cute New York: 'Fearless Girl' Statue Defaced With Peeing Dog

Lance Nichols
May 31, 2017

"We continue to be grateful to the countless people around the world who continue to responded so enthusiastically to what the Fearless Girl represents - the power and potential of having more women in leadership", a State Street spokeswoman wrote in an email to NBC News.

"Pissing Pug" letting "Fearless Girl" have it. Photo by Gabriella Bass / New York Post.

When the city chose to extend the temporary piece's permit from April 2 to 2018 in support of the corporate diversity she represents, Gardega expressed his outrage creatively. It makes the "Bull" a "Bully"-and that ruins the original artists vision for his work: a symbol of progress and defiance in and of itself".

Mr. Gardega said he removed "Sketchy Pug" himself at about noon Monday. "I made a decision to build this dog and make it crappy to downgrade the statue, exactly how the girl is a downgrade on the bull", said Gardega, who has never met the other statues' creators.

Gardega has supposedly been "seething" over the placement of the Fearless Girl, though he's neither met her maker nor Di Modica.


"Fearless Girl" is a statue, of course it's "persistant".

The artist behind the bull, Arturo Di Modico, has not appreciated the installation of Fearless Girl, a work designed by Kristen Visbal and commissioned by an worldwide investment firm State Street Global Advisors. Gardega said "most people were amused or perplexed by it", but on Twitter, critics were harsher.

Things have been heating up between "The Fearless Girl" and "The Charging Bull" ever since the girl made her appearance shortly before International Women's Day.

The week that Di Modica held a press conference to announce that he was considering legal action against State Street Global Advisors, the firm's social media mentions spiked. Gardega left it up for only three hours, but it was enough to send social media into a panic. "There is plenty of room for Fearless Girl it just interferes with another artist's work/vision".

"It's kind of like sticking something... in front of Michelangelo's David", he said. With the statue attracting frequent kicks and other trauma, he said he took down the sculpture to "save its life".

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