NYC's 'Fearless Girl' staying put for now

New York City's "Fearless Girl" statue will stay put for now, but has an uncertain future.
New York City's "Fearless Girl" statue will stay put for now, but has an uncertain future.

The "Fearless Girl" statue that's been a New York City tourist attraction since it was installed to mark International Women's Day one year ago is staying put for now.

A spokeswoman for Mayor Bill de Blasio said that city officials expect to make an announcement about the future of the statue "very soon."

The statue's owner, Boston-based investment firm State Street Global Advisors, said the company is working with the mayor's office "to determine a permanent solution to keep Fearless Girl in New York City so she can continue to promote the power of having more women in leadership."

State Street installed the hands-on-hips bronze statue opposite the "Charging Bull" sculpture that celebrates triumphant capitalism.

The installation originally was supposed to be temporary but after the statue gained a following city officials said it could stay for a year.

The statue's creator, Kristen Visbal, said she would prefer that the girl and the bull remain together.

"I really feel that this placement of 'Fearless Girl' in front of 'Raging Bull' is a historical moment," she said.

Grubauskas did not immediately respond to a question about whether the city is considering moving both statues together.

"Fearless Girl" was bedecked with a cape of blue flowers on Thursday, courtesy of retailer Old Navy, for International Women's Day. A steady stream of tourists posed for pictures with it.

Australian Associated Press