City Lab |Esther Bergdahl:
The Fearless Girl and Charging Bull statues have been facing off in Manhattan’s financial district since March 8. The optics are still startling: a girl, fists on her hips, ponytail swaying, stares down a 7,100-pound bull, which stands 11 feet tall and 16 feet long in the heart of one of the world’s most powerful economic centers.
While many hailed Fearless Girl’s message of girl power, the backlash alsostarted at once, and much of it centered on the statue’s uneasy relationship with advertising. Naysayers argued that the installation—produced by the ad agency McCann New York and artist Kristen Visbal for the asset management company State Street Global Advisors …read more
Image |Craig Ruttle |API |Is this selfie spot art, advertisement, or some fraught combination of the two?