Battle of the Wall Street Statues: Dog Statue Pissing on Girl Statue Added

Battle of the Wall Street Statues: Dog Statue Pissing on Girl Statue Added, by Robert Wenzel.

In 1989, a bronze sculpture of a bull was dropped at the Bowling Green public square in the Financial District in Manhattan, near Wall Street.

It was guerrilla art installed without government permission by artist Arturo Di Modic. Its popularity led to it being a permanent feature. …

Some, however, in this era of the Social Justice warriors…, took the statue as an affront to women. They stuck a statue of an angry and defiant girl in front of the bull.

“Fearless Girl” was placed opposite Di Modica’s bull in March on this year for International Women’s Day on a temporary government permit — which New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio then extended for 11 months after pressure from women’s groups to keep it around longer. …

The “Fearless Girl” statute apparently irritates sculptor Alex Gardega. He has struck back by creating a statue of a small dog, titled “Pissing Pug” and he has placed it next to “Fearless Girl” aiming at her left leg.

Those three are real street art, unlike the postmodern wretched blobs and shapes the cultural Marxists have been ruining public spaces with for the past 50 years.

Wall Street Drama: ‘Pissing Pug’ Triggers SJW ‘Fearless Girl’ Supporters, by Tyler O’Neil.

While “Charging Bull” was placed as a statement by the artist DiModica, “Fearless Girl” was commissioned by SSgA as an advertisement for an index fund that comprises companies with a higher percentage of women among their senior leadership. The newer statue’s plaque reads, “Know the power of women in leadership. SHE makes a difference.” The “SHE” refers to the fund’s NASDAQ ticker symbol.

Di Modica has criticized “Fearless Girl” before, saying that placing the statue in front of his bull unfairly implicated his creation. The addition of the girl statue changed the meaning of “Charging Bull” from a symbol of economic optimism to a symbol of male oppression to be met with female defiance.

“Pissing Pug” is the ultimate “troll” move, as Gardega mocked the corporate symbol with a practical joke. But the dog does not alter the girl’s meaning in the way that the girl altered the bull’s meaning, so it is arguably less insulting to the earlier artwork it was created to mock.

Di Modica, who is suing SSgA for trademark and copyright infringement, refused to comment on “Pissing Pug.” Gardega’s statue was removed on Tuesday. …

The feminist support for “Fearless Girl” and the anger at “Peeing Pug” illustrate the danger of over-politicizing art. Di Modica’s original artwork was a statement of confidence in economic growth, not a political statement. “Fearless Girl” turned his artwork into a sexist message to serve a commercial end, advertising for a specific [and sexist] hedge fund. …

This is American politics in a nutshell: SJWs on the Left endorsing a corporate symbol because it subverts a historic American icon and “trolls” on the Right creatively mocking a sacrosanct emblem of identity politics.