Kristen Visbal

Kristen Visbal

Kristen Visbal, Sculptor of the Fearless Girl statue on Wall Street. 

" The bull stands for the bull market, the strength of the American business community. But women need to be part of that. That’s why there is such great emphasis on not making her features belligerent or confrontational. She’s strong and standing her ground."

"I was working on another commission, an Alexander Hamilton monument at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy in New London [Conn.], and we were having some delays coming to an agreement on the design. And during that time, I received a phone call from a friend at a foundry. A client was looking for a female artist to create a sculpture of a little girl, a 36-inch child with her fists on her hips. That was in November 2016, and by December I had submitted a few sketches depicting three different sizes. Ultimately, we made her bigger, at 48 inches tall, because we wanted a figure that would go with Charging Bull [the massive bull bronze by Arturo Di Modica] that was streamlined and simplified. I used two little girls as models, the body was modeled after the first, but we wanted her to be universally appealing. A child who would represent all children.  The first little girl’s name was Ellie, and the second was Leila. They are the models. I used the first girl's face as a reference for the head.  Many of the distinguishing features were removed and I used a generous amount of ad libbing on the face, specifically so it would not be a portrait."

"I finished the clay model in three weeks, on Jan. 21, the same day as the Women’s March in Washington, D.C. A mold-maker made the mold and cast the wax, and that was approved Jan. 30. I delivered that to the foundry [in Baltimore] Jan. 31, and I approved the final metal on Feb. 28. That’s incredibly fast. Usually, the casting process alone takes four to six months. I aimed for the same patina as Charging Bull, although it’s a different metal mix. We worked all night and finally installed Fearless Girl at 5:30 a.m."

Cape Gazette, Photograph via Philly

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