Best of the Decade: 'Wall Street's Iconic 'Charging Bull' Statue meets Its Match in 'Fearless Girl'

State Street Global Advisors' Statue ruled the 2017 awards circuit

Published On
Mar 07, 2017
State Street Global Advisors: Fearless Girl

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Best of the Decade

Like Red Bull Stratos, some might consider this idea “overrated,” but it also lands solidly on this list for opening our eyes to how marketers and agencies can make a big impact in today’s message-cluttered world with ideas that zag. It wasn’t a tech innovation, nor was it a social media surprise.The old school bronze statue of a young girl defiantly confronting Wall Street's "Charging Bull" bull was created by artist Kristen Visbal and McCann New York for State Street Global Advisors, designed to mark the asset management firm's move encouraging the companies in which it invests to hire more women to its boards. Though its patron may have proved unworthy of the idea (it subsequently was involved in a pay equity lawsuit)— the idea transcends the controversy to remain a lasting monument to women's empowerment. It went on to rule the 2017 awards circuit, earning multiple Grand Prix at Cannes, including the highly coveted Titanium top prize. It also went on to earn best in show at the Effie Awards.  

Original Story

The iconic Wall Street bull statue now has a matador: a badass little girl.

On the eve of International Women's Day, "Charging Bull," the former guerilla art sculpture by Arturo Di Modica that's now a fixture of Manhattan's Financial district got a new companion, a defiant, bronze statue of a girl who confronts him head-on, arms akimbo, standing proudly and powerfully.

Conceived out of McCann New York and created by Artist Kristen Visbal, "The Fearless Girl" was commissioned by asset management firm State Street Global Advisors to mark its initiative urging the 3,500+ companies in which it invests for its clients to increase the number of women on their corporate boards. See more about how she was made in an accompanying film.

McCann dropped "The Fearless Girl" face to face with her beastly foe in the middle of the night. Like the bull, she was cast out of bronze, covered in the same patina. The agency had secured a temporary permit for her appearance, but it is also working with the NYC Department of Transportation on an extended, maybe permanent, stay.

Perhaps she'll see the same fate as the beastly bruiser, which has a temporary permit as well, but hasn't left Wall Street since it first appeared in 1989.


Mar 07, 2017
Agency :
McCann-New York
Brand :
State Street Global Advisors
Client :
State Street Global Advisors
Chairperson :
Rob Reilly
Chief Creative Officer :
Eric Silver
Chief Creative Officer :
Joyce King Thomas
Managing Director :
Devika Bulchandani
Co-Chief Creative Officer :
Tom Murphy
Co-Chief Creative Officer :
Sean Bryan
Senior Art Director :
Lizzie Wilson
Senior Copywriter :
Tali Gumbiner
Chief Production Officer :
Nathy Aviram
Innovation Executive Producer :
Christine Lane
Senior Integrated Producer :
Deb Archambault
Design Director :
George Katz
Design Director :
David Mashburn
Head of Communications Strategy :
David Broad
Director, Social and Mobile :
Gemma Craven
Director, Strategy :
Kevin Kim
Executive Account Director :
Peter Bracegirdle
Account Supervisor :
Molly Vossler
Junior Producer :
Doug Harrison
Senior Project Manager :
Steven Marchione
Chief Communications Officer :
Jeremy Miller
Brand Communications Director :
Neena Koyen
Senior Editor :
Nathan Troester
Maker :
Brett Berman
Maker :
Eric Perini
Music Executive Producer :
Eric Johnson
Music Producer :
Dan Gross
Artist :
Kristen Visbal
Art Producer :
Visbal Sculpture, Inc.
Production Company :
Traction Creative
Owner :
Bryan Roberts
Production Company :
Owner :
Stuart Weissman
Photographer :
Federica Valabrega
Director, Photography :
Jack Shanahan
Associate Creative Director :
Jeff Clanet
Retoucher :
Kris Chu
Music :
COPILOT Strategic Music & Sound

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