Kristen Visbal's sculpture sends out a strong message Image: Twitter
There's a girl staring down a charging bull. And she's got the whole world talking. If you don't know what we're talking about, you've been living under a rock. We are referring to artist Kristen Visbal's installation, a bronze sculpture of a young girl, aptly named Fearless Girl, staring at the iconic statue of the Charging Bull on Wall Street. It was installed on the eve of International Women's Day to send out a message loud and clear: time to end wage gap and workplace gender discrimination.
A picture is worth a thousand words: New 'Fearless Girl' statue, standing tall in the face of Wall Street's Charging Bull. pic.twitter.com/DpmuUPv1xI— Yoni Mernick (@OriginalYoni) March 7, 2017
Although Kristen's work is getting noticed just about now, she isn't a newbie to the world of art. In fact, she grew up sitting at her mum's art classes at home and by the time she was 10, she already has her first pro painting to her credit. She went on to pursue marketing but couldn't stay away from her true calling. The Uruguay-born artist became a full-time sculptor after she was 30.
The Fearless Girl sculpture, in particular, was a collaboration with State Street Global Advisors and McCann New York in celebration of International Women's Day on March 8, and Women’s History Month. The statue is a temporary addition but word has it that it will remain there for a year, at least.
Kristen's other notable works include 6-foot-9-inch statue of Olympic medalist Bob Hayes, in Jacksonville; a 12-foot statue of Alexander Hamilton in Ohio; and a playful installation of a labrador and pup, among others.
Kristen has worked on several life-size children, marine life, and animal series apart from public works and monuments.