On this dank Friday morning in lower Manhattan, I endured the raindrops for a few blocks for a brief morning walk. When I’m on the road I like to check out the environs and see if there is anything interesting. This morning, my goal was Fearless Girl — the sculpture positioned directly opposite the iconic charging bull down by Wall Street.
“Fearless” is a good description of the young girl, but “defiant” or “resolute” might be even better. She stands fists on hips and legs firmly anchored, chin raised and ponytail fluttering in the breeze, but her face is very placid, without a trace of emotion except, perhaps, a slight smile. Fearless Girl is ready for anything.
Fearless Girl apparently has become something of a tourist attraction — although nobody else was around on this rainy Friday morning — but some people question what message is intended by her placement across from a bull ready to charge. The naysayers wonder is the juxtaposition is supposed to convey that women oppose rising stock values, or that Wall Street is anti-woman, or some other quasi-political/economic message. I don’t know about the intended message, but I did like the portrayal of a girl calmly facing down a dangerous bull that seems to be made wary of by her very presence and determination. It makes for a very cool picture.