"I have a lot of empathy for the creator of the bull, Arturo", Gardega told local media.
Nevertheless, nearly as soon as the peeing pug was spotted, Gardega was being lambasted online as an icon of "male fragility".
Much to-do erupted over "Fearless Girl's" debut and CNN even became a laughing-stock when it touted the sculpture's ability to stand up to the snow. Only the enormous public support for the statue prevented it from being permanently removed by NY authorities.
He was quickly branded a "snowflake", a "misogynist" and an "a**hole" for "diminishing" the Fearless Girl and, apparently, reinforcing the ideals of Patriarchy and oppression of the entire female gender. The girl's presence in front of "Charging Bull", he said, is like putting something in front of Michelangelo's "David". "That would piss off any artist", wrote Di Modica defender Greg Fallis in a blog post.
DC sniper to be resentenced after judge overturns life-without-parole rulings
Malvo, now 32 years old, is currently being held at Red Onion State Prison, a super-maximum security prison in Virginia. The ruling doesn't overturn life sentences he received in Maryland after pleading guilty to six murders there.
A woman poses for a photo with "The Fearless Girl" across from the iconic Wall Street charging bull.
So to get even, Gardega chose to add a little something extra to "Fearless Girl". Women's groups have since rallied to keep her around for longer.
Pissing Pug was taken down by the artist after three hours on display, over fears that it might be stolen.
He also told Moneyish, "I'm pro-feminism, but this isn't a statue made by an artist standing up to Wall Street".
Last August, an anarchist collective installed a life-sized nude statue of then-presidential candidate Donald Trump in the city's Union Square Park, making sure to equip the figure with extremely small genitals.
A pug has entered the fight brewing on Wall Street.