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‘Fearless Girl’ statue getting new home in Lower Manhattan
By Rich Calder and Yoav Gonen
April 19, 2018 | 11:11am | Updated

The 'Fearless Girl' statue in Lower Manhattan. AP

“Fearless Girl” is getting a new home.

The famed statue will be moved three blocks away from its current location opposite the “Charging Bull” sculpture in Bowling Green to the street in front of the New York Stock Exchange, officials said Thursday.

The statue, commissioned by State Street Global Advisors, was erected in March 2017 on the eve of International Women’s Day.

It was supposed to stay up a week.

But Mayor de Blasio, bowing to public demand, extended its permit for a year.

“I’d love it if she could stare down the Charging Bull for the rest of time, but even if she can’t, I’m glad she will stay in the neighborhood and remind those who pass by the Stock Exchange that it’s past time for companies to put more women in boardrooms and in charge,” said Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer.

Officials said the new site will alleviate safety issues arising from the large numbers of visitors drawn to the statue, which is located on a narrow median on Broadway.

Sculptor Kristen Visbal, who created the statue, said she’s “thrilled” it “will remain in New York, inspiring global collaboration between genders for better decisions, and an improved environment at every strata of society.”

State Street Global Investors will work with the mayor’s office to relocate the statue near the historic corner of Wall and Broad streets, facing the stock exchange, by the end of 2018.

“We eagerly await the arrival of Fearless Girl to her fitting new home, standing her ground and training her unblinking eyes on our engine of progress and free enterprise,” said Thomas Farley, President of the New York Stock Exchange.

The statue’s critics have included Italian-born sculptor Arturo Di Modica, who created the “Charging Bull.”

He said the statue of the girl standing her ground against the bull in Lower Manhattan violated his rights.

The city is also considering relocating “Charging Bull” near the stock exchange.
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