Fearsome Foes vs. the Little Guy


  Fearless Girl is a bronze sculpture by Kristen Visbal added to face off against the Wall Street Charging Bull. This sculpture is reminiscent of Donatello’s David. The meaning of these two pieces is similar, a smaller person going up against a seemingly invincible foe. Like Antigone from the drama of Sophocles’ Antigone, these depict someone who is willing to die for what they believe in; the odds seem heavily stacked against them. Both works feature a brave and proud subject, strong in heart even if they don’t appear to be.  They are also both sculpted from the same medium, bronze, with a hand on their hip.

While the David is a religious figure telling a story from the Bible of why faith in God is imperative, the Fearless Girl represents female empowerment and gender diversity in the workplace. Donatello uses a contrapposto pose in his sculpture; the young girl is standing almost perfectly symmetrical. Finally, the works show a different moment in the confrontations. David has just defeated Goliath, standing victorious with his head under his foot and sword in hand. The Fearless Girl is forever facing down her opponent; you can see the wind move her dress as the bull charges and the concentration on her face as she bravely holds her ground. Even with the differences of the pieces, they both demonstrate the truth that you can achieve anything you set your mind to no matter how small you may be.