New York City sculptor Alex Gardega created a purposefully poorly-made urinating dog sculpture, titled Pissing Pug, and placed it next to the left leg of the Fearless Girl statue, appearing to urinate on the feminist-hailed statue.
Gardega was disgusted over the “corporate nonsense” move to place the Fearless Girl across from sculptor Arturo Di Modica’s Charging Bull on Wall Street; Pissing Pug was his retaliation.
“It has nothing to do with feminism, and it is disrespect to the artist that made the bull,” explained Gardega. “That bull had integrity.”
“I decided to build this dog and make it crappy to downgrade the statue, exactly how the girl is a downgrade on the bull,” the artist continued.
Gardega reiterated that he’s “pro-feminism” and has never even met the creator of Fearless Girl, Kristen Visbal. This has “nothing against the sculptor whatsoever,” he said.
In the past, Charging Bull sculptor Di Modica has voiced his opposition to the sculpture placement of the Fearless Girl, too.
“The girl is standing there like this in front the bull, saying, ‘Now, what are you going to do?'” the Italian immigrant told CNN. Di Modica explained that the Fearless Girl placement “distorts the intent of his statue from ‘a symbol of prosperity and for strength’ into a villain, and does so for the firm’s own commercial gain,” notes NPR.
“That is not a symbol! That’s an advertising trick,” lamented the sculptor during a March interview.
According to The New York Post, “Di Modica is suing State Street Global Advisors, the mutual-fund company that placed Fearless Girl opposite his work, for trademark and copyright infringement.”
Feminists who have all but made love to the Fearless Girl statue, praising the artwork as a gift to feminism greater than the Seneca Falls Convention, are not happy about Pissing Pug. One angry feminist (is there any other kind?) walking past the sculpture, apparently kicked the dog and moaned, “That’s an a–hole move. You call this art?”