An inspiring new piece of art has appeared next to Wall Street’s famous Charging Bull, just in time for International Women’s Day. Facing the bull stands what people have dubbed “The Fearless Girl” by artist Kristen Visbal.
The display was organized by State Street Global Advisors as part of their campaign to increase the number of women directors on company boards. State Street, one of the world’s largest asset managers, will also be sending letters to 3,500 companies asking them to increase their percentage of female board members; research has shown a link between gender diversity amongst directors and improved company performance. The Fearless Girl stands before a plaque which reads, “KNOW THE POWER OF WOMEN IN LEADERSHIP.”
State Street’s deputy global chief investment officer, Lori Heinel spoke to Business Insider about their campaign.
“One of the most iconic images on Wall Street is the charging bull. So the idea of having a female sort of stand against the bull or stand up to the bull just struck us as a very clever but also creative and engaging way to make that statement. Even though it’s a little girl, her stance is one of determination, forwardness, and being willing to challenge and take on the status quo.”
The statue placement, intentionally timed to align with International Women’s Day on Wednesday, was organized in conjunction with the agency McCann New York.
While McCann did get a permit for the statue, its overnight appearance was intended as a surprise. “The guerrilla aspect of the placement is in keeping with the Charging Bull itself, which was installed without permission by artist Arturo Di Modica in 1989,” Adweek reports. “It was meant to be a symbol of the strength and power of the American people following the stock-market crash of 1987.”
Similarly, the bronze girl is a wonderful symbol of the strength and power of women.
We’re spending our Sunday morning at the Darien Ice Rink. Love the hockey supplies vending machine in this facility! Anything your child may need, or have forgotten, can be had without the overhead of a pro shop!
This week, you can boogie down in St. Mary’s Park to performances from Latin soul stars including Johnny Rivera, Joe Bataan, and Tito Rojas. St. Mary’s is located in the Mott Haven neighborhood in the Southwest Bronx and is accessible via the 2 train to 3rd Avenue & 146th Street, 6 train to E. 143rd Street & St. Mary’s Street or the Bx15 to 146th Street & Willis Avenue.
If you are in need of relaxation, #TheBigQuiet returns to Central Park for a mass meditation on Wednesday, July 13. Tickets are available online – http://bit.ly/29VT2uj . All proceeds benefit City Parks Foundation. Don’t forget about the upcoming SummerStage Benefit Concerts – these shows help to support over 100 free events in parks across the five boroughs. Tickets are on sale for Mass Appeal: Live at the BBQ – http://bit.ly/29VT2uj – on July 25 hosted by Nas featuring performances from Ty Dolla $ign, Danny Brown, Machine Gun Kelly, AraabMuzik, and loads more.
Time to get to the parks!
If you wander by 5th Avenue and 90st you can’t help but see Cooper-Hewitt’s beautiful lawn. Although we do visit the inside of the museum – the stunning Carnegie Mansion – last week we visited the outside of the museum. In particular we took the time to take a spin in the fabulously designed Spun Chair by Thomas Heatherwick and his team, Heatherwick Studio.
No charge to walk into the garden – entrance on 90th Street – and enjoy a spin or relax the shade.
To recover from our dizziness and always game to fully use any patch of grass, we enjoyed a game of running bases – there is always a ball in someone’s pocket! Thankfully the guard was amenable 4 loud people enjoying the lawn!
Lots of street fairs and craft shows are starting up soon – always a good sign that warmer weather is around the corner.
The Spring Craft on Columbus is one of my favorites. It takes place on the sidewalk next to the American Museum of Natural History on Columbus Avenue from 77th to 81st Street. Rows and rows of tents with great crafts, from ceramics to jewelry. Each weekend about 100 artisans exhibit and sell their own work.
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Just as the city is about to burst out in bloom, its time to celebrate Earth Day and Arbor Day. Earth Day is on April 22 and National Arbor Day is April 29 but there are events spreading across the next two weeks that bring our attention to our beautiful planet and how we can be a little nicer to her. Check these out: