A NY artist expressed his views on Wall Street's hotly debated "Fearless Girl" statue by temporarily adding Monday his own sculpture: a pug peeing on the girl's leg. The statue was meant to be a statement on the wage gap, as the firm noted that "one in four of the 3,000 largest traded USA companies don't have a single woman on their board".
"Fearless Girl" was originally displayed in March under a temporary permit, but the permit has since been extended 11 more months by New York Mayor Bill de Blasio after he received increasing pressure from feminist groups.
The Italian sculptor said he doesn't want any artist stealing 15 minutes of fame off his bull, whether it's the statue of the defiant girl or Gardega's "Pissing Pug".
When the city made a decision 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.
"That piece, ['Fearless Girl'] was not made by some individual artist making a statement", Gardega said.
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"I chose to build this dog and make it crappy to downgrade the statue, exactly how the girl is a downgrade on the bull", said Gardega of his haphazard work aptly named "Pissing Pug".
Di Modica has previously complained that "Fearless Girl" turns his bull's message of freedom, peace, strength, power and love into something negative.
Its somewhat ironic, then, that people would be angry about Fearless Girl's commodification, but willing to ignore Charging Bull's. Gardega said "most people were amused or perplexed by it", but on Twitter, critics were harsher.
But now a NY artist has taken a stand against the new arrival by adding a third statue - a urinating pug. Di Modica has also criticized the process that led to the bronze girl being placed indefinitely from his sneering steer. My piece is not without a sense of humor.
"It's kind of like sticking something... in front of Michelangelo's David", he said. "I would totally be pro [Fearless Girl] if it was done by some punk-rock artist", Gardega said.