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Will NYC invite the 'Fearless Girl' to stay on Wall Street?

Associated Press logo Associated Press 3/26/2017 By VERENA DOBNIK, Associated Press
In this March 22, 2017 photo, the Charging Bull and Fearless Girl statues are sit on Lower Broadway in New York. Since 1989 the bronze bull has stood in New York City's financial district as an image of the might and hard-charging spirit of Wall Street. But the installation of the bold girl defiantly standing in the bull's path has transformed the meaning of one of New York's best-known public artworks. Pressure is mounting on the city to let the Fearless Girl stay. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan) © The Associated Press In this March 22, 2017 photo, the Charging Bull and Fearless Girl statues are sit on Lower Broadway in New York. Since 1989 the bronze bull has stood in New York City's financial district as an image of the might and hard-charging spirit of Wall Street. But the installation of the bold girl defiantly standing in the bull's path has transformed the meaning of one of New York's best-known public artworks. Pressure is mounting on the city to let the Fearless Girl stay. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)

NEW YORK (AP) — Should the "Fearless Girl" stand up to Wall Street's charging bull forever?

In this March 23, 2017 photo, a woman poses with the Fearless Girl statue in New York. Since 1989 the bronze bull, left, has stood in New York City's financial district as an image of the might and hard-charging spirit of Wall Street. But the installation of the girl defiantly standing in the bull's path has transformed the meaning of one of New York's best-known public artworks. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan) © The Associated Press In this March 23, 2017 photo, a woman poses with the Fearless Girl statue in New York. Since 1989 the bronze bull, left, has stood in New York City's financial district as an image of the might and hard-charging spirit of Wall Street. But the installation of the girl defiantly standing in the bull's path has transformed the meaning of one of New York's best-known public artworks. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)

That's the question New York City officials are facing after the statue of a ponytailed girl in a windblown dress went up in front of the bronze bull early this month and immediately became a tourist draw and internet sensation.

In this March 23, 2017 photo, two women pose with the Fearless Girl statue in New York. Pressure is mounting on the city to let the Fearless Girl stay. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan) © The Associated Press In this March 23, 2017 photo, two women pose with the Fearless Girl statue in New York. Pressure is mounting on the city to let the Fearless Girl stay. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)

What was intended as a temporary display to send the message that corporations should put more women on their boards is now getting a second look in light of the popularity and an online petition.

In this March 23, 2017 photo, a woman poses for photos with the Charging Bull statue in New York. Since 1989 the massive, bronze bull has stood in New York City's financial district as an image of the might and hard-charging spirit of Wall Street. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan) © The Associated Press In this March 23, 2017 photo, a woman poses for photos with the Charging Bull statue in New York. Since 1989 the massive, bronze bull has stood in New York City's financial district as an image of the might and hard-charging spirit of Wall Street. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)

But does keeping the girl past an April 2 deadline forever alter the meaning of the bull?

The artist who created the bull as a symbol of America's economic strength has said it would. He wants the girl gone.

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