The search for a permanent home for Fearless Girl is over. The bronze statue by artist Kristen Visbal and commissioned by State Street Capital, one of the world’s largest asset managers, as a way of calling attention to the lack of gender diversity on corporate boards, will be moved from its current location opposite the Charging Bull to a new permanent location facing the New York Stock Exchange.
Since the statue appeared unannounced on International Women’s Day in 2017, some have seen it as a symbol of female empowerment and resiliency, while others have critiqued its motives and whether or not it truly is a feminist statement—it as, at its core, a PR stunt for a huge Wall Street firm, after all. (Charging Bull sculptor Arturo Di Modica, who famously dropped his piece on Broadway in the middle of the night in 1987 and has been a detractor of Fearless Girl since it appeared, called it an “advertising trick.”)
But the statue proved to be an overnight sensation, multiplying visitors to the small pedestrian island on Broadway that it shared with Di Modica’s work. Its location became an untenable pedestrian hazard, so the city kicked off a search for a permanent home for the statue in February.
There was some discussion about the two pieces being moved together, as Fearless Girl is intended to be a counterpart to Charging Bull, but a press release from the city says it’s still working on securing a location for the latter, though it will also be in the vicinity of the Stock Exchange. The area where Fearless Girl will be positioned is closed to vehicular traffic.
“We are proud to be home to the Fearless Girl. She is a powerful symbol of the need for change at the highest levels of corporate America—and she will become a durable part of our city’s civic life,” Mayor de Blasio said in a statement. “This move to a new location will improve access for visitors and ensure that her message and impact continues to be heard.”
The move will be completed by the end of 2018.