Apr 20, 2018

The “Fearless Girl” statue will move closer to the New York Stock Exchange, partly to assuage security concerns.

The statue of a young girl staring down Wall Street’s iconic charging bull quickly became a selfie magnet after it was installed in Lower Manhattan last year by State Street Global Advisors, a Boston-based financial firm. Originally intended to be a temporary tribute to International Women’s Day, the piece’s popularity prompted the city to grant it an extended stay while searching for a permanent home. Now, the Fearless Girl will soon move to a new location on Broadway near the New York Stock Exchange. The area is already cordoned off from traffic, reducing concerns from officials who worried the crowds drawn to Fearless Girl in her old location near busy streets could be a target for a terrorist attack, the New York Times reported. The move temporarily defuses the feud between the the city and Arturo Di Modica, the artist behind Charging Bull (1989), who has argued through lawyers and threatened lawsuits that Fearless Girl erroneously turns his statue into a negative symbol. But that détente may well prove short lived—the city is looking into moving Charging Bull to the new location across from Fearless Girl, so that the animal and its foe can continue their tête-à-tête.