Artist installs statue of urinating dog next to 'Fearless Girl' in protest

Posted May 31, 2017

A NY artist expressed his views on Wall Street's hotly debated "Fearless Girl" statue by temporarily adding Monday his own sculpture: a pug peeing on the girl's leg.

It turns out that Di Modica isn't a fan of "Fearless Girl" or its positioning in front of his charging bull.

"I made a decision to build this dog and make it crappy to downgrade the statue, exactly how the girl is a downgrade on the bull", Gardega told the New York Post. But people are decidedly not buying his explanation, and although the Pug statue was removed within a few hours of appearing on Monday - by Tuesday morning Twitter was full of outrage.

But to sculptor Alex Gardega, the Fearless Girl is merely "corporate nonsense".

"Fearless Girl" was originally only supposed to remain across from the bull temporarily, but after a petition that received thousands of signatures, will remain where it stands until at least February 2018.

Ever since the "Fearless Girl" statue was placed opposite the "Charging Bull" outside the New York Stock Exchange, it has garnered a lot of attention.

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"Fearless Girl" is a statue, of course it's "persistant".

He also told Moneyish, "I'm pro-feminism, but this isn't a statue made by an artist standing up to Wall Street".

Gardega told the New York Post that the "Fearless Girl" statue was nothing but a publicity stunt designed by a financial firm based in Boston. But because a taste of fame, whether bitter or sweet, does things to a person's ego, Gardega is now reportedly planning to make a whole litter of pissing puppies, to be sprayed with gold paint and installed around Manhattan.

He explained that his urinating creation was an attack on how the placement of "Fearless Girl" unfairly implicates Di Modica's piece in Wall Street's sexist culture.

Gardega said that there's nothing inherently wrong with the "Fearless Girl", and he created "Sketchy Dog" with a sense of humor, but he said neither piece should interfere with Di Modica's work. With the statue attracting frequent kicks and other trauma, he said he took down the sculpture to "save its life".