W for Wounded ego #AtoZChallenge
Close to thirty years ago, an artist Arturo Di Modica sculpted Charging Bull and installed it on the Wall Street. Since then, the bull has been a symbol of strength, greed at the bourses and optimism at the market. Tourists from all over the world have loved it since then. I remember clicking a picture of VT at that spot for his interest in the stock markets. Then one day in 2017, another artist Kristen Visbal creates a bronze statue of a little girl, hand on hips looking straight at the charging bull. The Fearless Girl represents the future. It could mean many things including more women on the Wall Street and why not? It’s just a public art piece.
The point I am trying to make is not about the new statue infringing on copyright or distorting the idea of the bull. It is about that times change. Interpretation of art changes in thirty years. Charging Bull and Fearless Girl can co-exist and none should be taken down. Optimism of the markets and presence of women in corporate leadership can go together. If the bull basically means soaring markets, what is the need to associate it with masculinity? Or that the presence of the girl challenges this masculinity.
To every little girl who must have got a picture clicked there with the Fearless Girl, does it not mean confidence, strength, and ambition? I think thirty years is long enough a time to reign the street with one sentiment and now is the time to apply some balm on the wounded ego and accept the change. It’s time we do that.
I am participating in the A To Z Challenge for the third time this year and I am penning Stories from everyday life.