Di Modica, the artist behind "Charging Bull," says the message behind his statue is a positive one. The statue was first installed in front of the New York Stock Exchange following the stock market crash of 1987 to show the strength and resilience of the American people. He says the bull is supposed to represent "freedom in the world, peace, strength, power and love," but the addition of the "Fearless Girl" statue has changed that meaning on behalf of a powerful corporation.
The plaque at the feet of Fearless Girl reads: "Know the power of women in leadership. SHE makes a difference."
This overt reference to State Street's SHE Index could contribute to Di Modica's insistence that Fearless Girl is nothing more than marketing trickery orchestrated by the firm's New York advertising partner, McCann.
Supporters of the "Fearless Girl" statue say regardless of the origin, the statue conveys a powerful message. Like it or not, the "Charging Bull" statue has come to represent the power of Wall Street. The meaning behind art changes over time, and the addition of "Fearless Girl" to the mix is representative of contemporary American culture and the issues we face today.