Pissing Pug

Artist’s peeing pooch takes Fearless Girl out for a whiz

Art East
Alex Gardega's peeing pooch takes Fearless Girl out for a whiz. Pictured here: Kristen Visbal's Fearless Girl faces Arturo Di Modica's Charging Bull (Anthony Quintano / Flickr)
Alex Gardega's peeing pooch takes Fearless Girl out for a whiz. Pictured here: Kristen Visbal's Fearless Girl faces Arturo Di Modica's Charging Bull (Anthony Quintano / Flickr)

A New York City sculptor decided to take a literal piss on some art he didn’t like.

Artist Alex Gardega’s latest piece sends a golden shower down the leg of Fearless Girl, the bronze statue installed under the cover of darkness by a financial services company to generate free PR celebrate International Women’s Day.

The statue faces down Arturo Di Modica’s Charging Bull on Broadway in Lower Manhattan. Though the bronze sculpture attracted the ire and eye rolls of art historians, designers, and some feminists, the public seemed to love Fearless Girl. Even Mayor Bill de Blasio weighed in, granting it a temporary permit.

In response, Gardega dreamed up Pissing Pug, an intentionally “crappy” bronze likeness of a dog taking a whiz on the leg of Fearless Girl. The pug lurks below the knee of the Fearless Girl, its near hind leg arched to do the deed.

“I decided to build this dog and make it crappy to downgrade the statue, exactly how the girl is a downgrade on the bull,” Gardega told the New York Post.

There’s no word yet on whether the statue will stay—though it is safe to say that the triangle in Bowling Green where the three pieces live is a micro-haven for guerrilla art. Back in 1989, Di Modica erected his sculpture in front of the New York Stock Exchange without permission from the city. Following public outcry after the city impounded the piece, the Park Department moved it to its current location where it has attracted throngs of testicle-rubbing tourists ever since.

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