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NYC Artist Installs ‘Pissing Pug’ on the ‘Fearless Girl’

Fearless Girl Pissing Pug

For a few brief hours on Tuesday, the ‘Fearless Girl’ was accompanied by a counter-protest in the form of the ‘Pissing Pug’ by New York artist Alex Gardega. The ‘Pissing Pug’ is true to its name. The statue is in the form of a small dog lifting its leg as if to urinate on the left foot of the ‘Fearless Girl.’

The ‘Fearless Girl’ statue was placed in front of the infamous Charging Bull the evening before International Women’s Day in March, to represent the lack of female representation in corporate America.

The statue depicts a young girl defiantly standing with her hands on her hips facing the Charging Bull. The art installation was intended to only be installed temporarily to celebrate the holiday but its growing popularity inspired city officials to postpone its removal until February 2018.

According to Gardega, the artist behind the ‘Pissing Pug,’ he “decided to build this dog and make it crappy to downgrade the statue, exactly how the girl is a downgrade on the bull.”

Afraid of vandalism or thievery however, Gardega removed the ‘Pissing Pug’ after only a few hours.

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Gardega also told the media that he was bothered by the presence of the ‘Fearless Girl’ and he believes the statue was “corporate nonsense.” He insisted that “it has nothing to do with feminism, and it is disrespect to the artist that made the bull. That bull had integrity.”

Gardega is not alone in believing that the ‘Fearless Girl’ intervened with the original message of the Charging Bull. The Italian-born artist, Arturo Di Modica, is now suing State Street Global Advisors, the organization that installed ‘Fearless Girl’ for trademark and copyright infringement.

The striking bull sculpture was put in place in 1989, with no city permits, and was meant to represent the “strength and power of the American people” after the stock market crash of 1987.

The response to the ‘Pissing Pug’ has been divided between those who believe Gardega’s installment carried an anti-feminist message and those who believe that the ‘Fearless Girl’ was more of a publicity stunt than art with a message.

Contributor, The Liberal Advocate News

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