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Tue Mar 7, 2017, 04:10 PM

Why McCann Dropped a Statue of a Fearless Girl Next to Wall Streets Charging Bull Overnight

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Pedestrians in lower Manhattan had a new piece of branded art to ponder on Tuesday morning, as McCann New York and client State Street Global Advisors conspired in the middle of the night to drop a statue in Bowling Green Park of a girl facing off against the famous Wall Street Charging Bull.

The stunt, timed to International Women’s Day on Wednesday, is meant to symbolize the power of women in leadership. More specifically, it’s part of a campaign by SSGA to emphasize that companies with women in top positions perform better financially.

The sculpture, titled “The Fearless Girl,” was made by Kristen Visbal and photographed by Federica Valabrega. 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. It was meant to be a symbol of the strength and power of the American people following the stock-market crash of 1987. Residents fell in love with it, and the city allowed it to remain.

McCann did get a permit for the girl statue. It will be up for at least a week, says the agency, which is negotiating with the city for it to become part of the art program so she can stay longer.

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Reply Why McCann Dropped a Statue of a Fearless Girl Next to Wall Streets Charging Bull Overnight (Original post)
brooklynite Mar 7 OP
Laurian Mar 7 #1
flying_wahini Mar 7 #2
sheshe2 Mar 7 #3
procon Mar 7 #4
iluvtennis Mar 7 #11
SharonAnn Mar 7 #16
Lucinda Mar 7 #5
Justice Mar 7 #6
Bernardo de La Paz Mar 7 #7
Exilednight Mar 7 #8
SCVDem Mar 7 #9
Scarsdale Mar 8 #24
littlemissmartypants Mar 7 #10
Volaris Mar 7 #12
dixiegrrrrl Mar 7 #15
Sen. Walter Sobchak Mar 8 #23
IronLionZion Mar 8 #26
Thor_MN Mar 7 #13
montana_hazeleyes Mar 7 #14
bonzotex Mar 7 #17
warmfeet Mar 7 #18
calimary Mar 7 #19
packman Mar 8 #29
calimary Mar 8 #31
Ilsa Mar 7 #20
James48 Mar 7 #21
LittleGirl Mar 8 #22
ProfessorGAC Mar 8 #25
NastyRiffraff Mar 8 #27
csziggy Mar 8 #28
niyad Mar 8 #30
sammythecat Mar 8 #32
brooklynite Mar 8 #33
sammythecat Mar 9 #34

Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Tue Mar 7, 2017, 04:15 PM

1. I love it.

💕💕💕💕💕

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Tue Mar 7, 2017, 04:25 PM

2. Wish they would leave it there!


I love it too!

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Tue Mar 7, 2017, 04:26 PM

3. Brilliant.

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Tue Mar 7, 2017, 04:29 PM

4. That's brilliant!

Look at that feisty little girl! At first blush everyone can see that she's bold, and brave, and fearless, and ever so confident as she stands up against a huge, raging bull with her feet braced, fists planted on her hips and her chin lifted in challenge.

Go get 'em girl!

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Response to procon (Reply #4)

Tue Mar 7, 2017, 05:27 PM

11. +1000nt

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Response to procon (Reply #4)

Tue Mar 7, 2017, 07:18 PM

16. OMG, that looks a lot like a picture of me about 3-4 years old.

My mother said that I would often stand in that pose and announce "Don't! I'll do it myself!". She said I was the only of her 8 children who was so determined and at so young an age.

That girl is one after my own heart!

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Tue Mar 7, 2017, 04:30 PM

5. KNR

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Tue Mar 7, 2017, 04:42 PM

6. I love this!

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Tue Mar 7, 2017, 05:06 PM

7. Still though she is, still she persists. . . . nt

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Tue Mar 7, 2017, 05:08 PM

8. Great statue. I hope it stays.

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Tue Mar 7, 2017, 05:08 PM

9. Interpretation

I see this as America standing against tRump and his corrupt businesses.

Very nice!

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Response to SCVDem (Reply #9)

Wed Mar 8, 2017, 07:39 AM

24. tRump

saw it, gave it a 5 on his scale of females and announced that "When she grows up, I will date her"

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Tue Mar 7, 2017, 05:27 PM

10. Kicking.

Vigorously with quiet dignity in the spirit of the statue.

Thanks brooklynite. ♡

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Tue Mar 7, 2017, 05:49 PM

12. I really want somebody to get a cutting torch

And castrate that damn Bull. It's the symbol of everything this country is doing wrong and ignoring.

Cool on the Little Girl statue tho, it looks appropriately defiant.

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Response to Volaris (Reply #12)

Tue Mar 7, 2017, 07:03 PM

15. When Occupy gathered in NYC a few years ago, 8 policemen surrounded the golden bull.

I counted them.

I had taken the bull as not nice symbol of Wall Street.

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Response to Volaris (Reply #12)

Wed Mar 8, 2017, 12:30 AM

23. That would disappoint the tourists

People line up to take pictures with the balls.

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Response to Volaris (Reply #12)

Wed Mar 8, 2017, 10:33 AM

26. Trump will end the bull market anyway

without any defiant girls to get in his way.

actually the reasoning behind the girl statue was research showing higher returns with lower risk and volatility in companies run by female executives.

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Tue Mar 7, 2017, 06:16 PM

13. Oooo, that looks like the start of a massacre...

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Response to Thor_MN (Reply #13)

Tue Mar 7, 2017, 06:33 PM

14. Bowling Green Park!

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Tue Mar 7, 2017, 08:01 PM

17. thanks! k/r

Coolest thing I've seen in a long time.

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Tue Mar 7, 2017, 08:50 PM

18. Absolutely Brilliant! NT.

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Tue Mar 7, 2017, 09:28 PM

19. Bowling Green Park? She must represent the victims of the infamous Bowling Green Massacre!

Honoring our dead, obviously!

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Response to calimary (Reply #19)

Wed Mar 8, 2017, 12:37 PM

29. Actually, there WAS a Bowling Green Park Massacre in that area

https://indiancountrymedianetwork.com/history/events/real-bowling-green-massacre-2/


" (a) massacre actually did take place at the tip of Manhattan, though not by the nefarious “Muslim terrorists” whom Conway would have us fear. The real Bowling Green Massacre occurred in 1643 during what was known as Kieft’s War, and was perpetrated by white Christians. The Governor of New Netherlands Willem Kieft, sent European soldiers to move against two camps of refugee Natives, overriding the direction of his ruling council and the general sentiments of the colonists. The soldiers fell upon members of the Lenape Tribe with deeds that would long presage the notion of ISIS."

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Response to packman (Reply #29)

Wed Mar 8, 2017, 01:47 PM

31. Most interesting, packman!

There really was a Bowling Green Massacre after all.

However, I suspect this wasn't what Kellyanne CONway was talking about.

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Tue Mar 7, 2017, 11:02 PM

20. I want her to stay. NT

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Tue Mar 7, 2017, 11:46 PM

21. Her name is

Elizabeth Warren.

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Wed Mar 8, 2017, 12:01 AM

22. This Little Girl

LOVES that! I still stand like that and I'm an old lady now.

edit: typo

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Wed Mar 8, 2017, 08:15 AM

25. That's Really Cool!

The little girl statue is adorable and the symbolism is outstanding.

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Wed Mar 8, 2017, 11:15 AM

27. It should stay!

It says something powerful about girls and women. I hope New Yorkers get up a petition to leave it.

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Wed Mar 8, 2017, 11:24 AM

28. Their video about the statue - shows it being made and why



There are a number of videos on YouTube about this statue, some from news coverage. This is the one connected with the article in the OP.

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Wed Mar 8, 2017, 01:39 PM

30. k and r

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Wed Mar 8, 2017, 03:40 PM

32. "...meant to symbolize the power of women in leadership."

Until I read that, I had no idea what this whole thing was about. I still don't see the relationship. "Moments before being mangled into a lifeless rag doll, the spunky little girl blah, blah, ..." is the caption I'd expect if this was a photo from real life. Does this mean it really is ok to take a knife to a gunfight?

It did, however, remind me of the Tianamen Square guy facing down the tank but with one big difference. The tank guy's act was one of selfless bravery, while this just looks like the senseless and stubborn willfulness of a child who knows nothing of bulls or animal behavior and is about to get herself killed for no reason. I get it that this is supposed to be symbolic and inspiring but being fearless is not the same thing as being brave.

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Response to sammythecat (Reply #32)

Wed Mar 8, 2017, 04:14 PM

33. You DO realize that the Bull is equally symbolic?

I think you're overthinking this...

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Response to brooklynite (Reply #33)

Thu Mar 9, 2017, 03:06 PM

34. I am over thinking this. I can't help myself.

I get the symbolism but, for me, it works more the other way around. Wall Street's realization of the fact there isn't much standing in their way for doing whatever they want to do. I picture a miniature of this scene on the desk in Mr. Greed's private Wall Street office.

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