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NYC’s ‘Fearless Girl’ Statue Staying Put For Now, Future Uncertain

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On Thursday March 8th, a spokeswoman for Mayor Bill de Blasio said that New York City officials are expected to make an announcement regarding the permanent placement of the “Fearless Girl” statue “very soon.” For now, the tourist attraction, which has become a symbol of women’s empowerment, will stay put right where it is near Wall Street’s iconic Bull statue. “The Fearless Girl’s message has resonated with New Yorkers and visitors alike, and that’s something we want to remain a part of the city’s civic life,” said Natalie Grybauskas, Mayoral spokeswoman.

The hands-on-hips bronze statue was installed on State Street, last year to mark International Women’s Day. The temporary fixture won a strong backing in its post. As reported by VIN News, on Thursday, for this International Women’s day, retailer Old Navy sponsored a cape of blue flowers to bedeck the statue. Tourists were overjoyed, with a steady rush of visitors posing for pictures with it throughout the day.

The statue’s owner, Boston-based investment firm State Street Global Advisors, said they are working with Mayor de Blasio’s office “to determine a permanent solution to keep Fearless Girl in New York City so she can continue to promote the power of having more women in leadership.”

The statue’s creator, Kristen Visbal, would like to see her work stay as it is permanently. “I really feel that this placement of ‘Fearless Girl’ in front of ‘Raging Bull’ is a historical moment,” said Visbal. Also on Thursday, a “Fearless Girl” replica was placed in Oslo, in front of Norway’s legislative building. “I’m really excited that we have a piece on the other side of the world that’s sending this message of diversity,” Visbal said.

By: Hadassa Kalatizadeh

 

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