Fearless Girl is a bronze sculpture of a defiant girl by Kristen Visbal, installed on the Bowling Green, in Manhattan‘s Financial District, in the US state of New York. The plaque below the statue states, “Know the power of women in leadership. SHE makes a difference. “The statue measures approximately 50 inches (130 cm) tall, and weighs about 250 pounds (110 kg).
Passionate attention to detail and fluid movement are the distinguishing characteristics reflected in the work of sculptor Kristen Visbal. The uniquely ephemeral quality of her bronze compositions capture the fleeting image and carry Visbal’s stamp of originality. These expressive figurative and animal bronze works range in size from tiny miniature studies to grand public monuments, such as Jacksonville, Florida’s Passing The Torch which depicts 1964 Olympic gold medalist and Dallas Cowboy football star, Bob Hayes, hailed as the “fastest man on earth” for 32 years. Other public works include the award winning ten foot Sea Express of a boy and dolphin for Jacksonville Beach, FL and it’s companion work In Search Of Atlantis of a girl and green turtle in Atlantic Beach. The American Cape– at 12 1/2 feet- is the largest rendition of Alexander Hamilton to date. Visbal’s exciting new project for Ohio’s Miami University includes 9 seven foot Hall Of Fame football coaches to be installed in the Cradle Of Coaches Plaza by the fall of 2011.
Visbal’s ability to capture emotion and the accuracy of her work is largely innate. Greatly inspired by the sea, Visbal originally migrated to the Delaware Eastern Shore in 1988 from her hometown in Potomac, MD. After attending the University of Arizona in Tucson and a career in sales and hotel marketing in Washington, DC, she returned to college to earn a BA in Art, summa cum laude, from nearby Salisbury State University in Salisbury, MD. Limited equipment at the University led Visbal to collaborate with two area metal shops where she created several abstract works. Post graduation, she apprenticed briefly with Virginia Eastern Shore wildlife sculptor William Turner. There, she met a mold maker who directed her the prestigious Johnson Atelier Art Foundry in Mercerville, NJ where he had been an instructor. Visbal embarked on a three year apprenticeship at the foundry to study the technical aspects of Lost Wax Bronze Casting.
As an apprentice at the internationally acclaimed foundry, Visbal honed the skills necessary to create and oversee the production of her bronze sculptures. She was awarded an internship in mold making and subsequently taught a mold workshop. Visbal returned to Delaware’s Eastern Shore in September 1998 to establish her modeling studio on a vineyard in Lewes, DE. She immediately began work on the private twelve and a half foot basketball composition, The Players; an engineering feat with two airborne figures.
Visbal’s work has become part of many important public and private collections, including her first commissions by the former Vice President of Colonial Williamsburg and the former Merrill Lynch corporation. Visbal’s Jessica received the Charlotte Dunwiddie Memorial Award for a Realistic Sculpture through the Pen And Brush Club and her bengal tiger, The Prowler, won the Gold Medal Of Honor at the National Arts Club in New York city. Recognition has been awarded Visbal in Louisiana as well as Florida.
Visbal was a frequent participant of the former annual Brookgreen Gardens Sculpture Park Curator’s Auction in Murrells Inlet, SC and her work has been exhibited at the Lincoln Center, The Pen and Brush Club, the National Sculpture Society, and the National Arts Club in New York City, as well as the Symposium For The Preservation And Biology Of Sea Turtles in Orlando, Florida, the Woodburn Governor’s Mansion in Dover, Delaware, the Easton Waterfowl Festival in Easton, MD, and the Ward Wildfowl Museum in Salisbury, MD. Visbal is a member of National Sculpture Society, Catharine Lorillard Wolfe Arts Club, Pen and Brush Club and the Allied Artists Of America, all in New York City. She continues to focus on public sculpture in her Lewes, Delaware studio and will soon develop a series of work which seeks to distort realism through motion and will, in fact, realize motion in its most literal interpretation.
CIVIC & POLITICAL SUPPORT
FEARLESS GIRL was installed by State Street Global Advisors to draw attention to the lack of female representation on corporate boards, an issue Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney has been fighting for in Congress for many years. Click here for Gender Diversity in Corporate Leadership Act , 2016. Fifty other city, state and federal legislators, including Public Advocate Letitia James, shared their support for FEARLESS GIRL to stay one year later.