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.
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!
At Artexpo New York you’ll find more than 400+ innovative exhibiting artists, galleries and publishers from across the globe, showcasing exciting original artwork, prints, paintings, drawings, sculpture, photography, ceramics, giclee, lithographs, glass works and more—all under one roof. So, if you need to fill that big empty spot over the sofa, this is the pace for you!
The event is held at Pier 94, 135,000 square feet of uninterrupted space. Perfect viewing!
Saturday, April 16th: til 7PM Sunday, April 17th: 10AM – 6PM
Pier 94 711 12th Ave (55th Street & the West Side Highway)
New York, NY 10019-5399
Socrates Sculpture Park is the only site in the New York Metropolitan area specifically dedicated to providing artists with opportunities to create and exhibit large-scale sculpture and multi-media installations in a unique outdoor environment that encourages strong interaction between artists, artworks and the public.
This year’s summer exhibitions include do it (outside), a selection of artists’ instructions interpreted by other artists, performers, community groups, and the public; FOLLY: tree wood, a rigid yet airy geometrical wooden structure placed within a grove of trees where a formal, ornate chandelier will be suspended; and Beyond the Hedges (Slivered Gazebo) by Heather Rowe SOA’01.