James said she is pleased with Mayor Bill de Blasio's decision to extend the permit, allowing the statue to stay until February 2018, but said the extension shouldn't be temporary.
The 4-foot-tall, 250-pound ponytailed girl in a windblown dress was installed this month to highlight the dearth of women on corporate boards as she stands strong against the 11-foot-tall, 7,100-pound bull. It immediately became a tourist draw and internet sensation.
City officials and fans of the statue planned to City Hall on Monday to campaign to keep the work of art on permanent display, CBS New York reports. Bull, as part of a campaign by USA fund manager State Street to push companies to put women on their boards, in the financial district in NY, on March 7. But Di Modica created and placed the sculpture on his own-without being asked to do so by the property owners-and doesn't have the right to demand that it be kept in place, she said.
She has received more than 1,000 emails from India, Denmark, Sweden, Spain and elsewhere, including one from a mother who wanted to wallpaper her daughter's room with the girl's image.
"I see men and women as the ying and yang of society", Visbal said. "But we need to work together".
The sculptor based her work on two DE children - a friend's daughter she said had "great style and a great stance, and I told her to pretend she was facing a bull". If corporations don't make progress toward adding women to their board, State Street said it will votes its shares against their directors, the company said.
Such shifting perceptions of the bull - from American hero to villain of sorts - outrage bull sculptor Arturo Di Modica, who wants the girl gone.
There are only 5 statues dedicated to women - of some 150 citywide.