“Shark Girl” turning heads at Canalside

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) – A new sculpture at Canalside is getting a lot of attention. Is “Shark Girl” art or just something to get people talking?

The artist who designed the sculpture knew it would create a stir but there’s a bigger reason the sculpture’s at Canalside. With the ruby red slippers of Dorothy, the body of Alice from Alice in Wonderland and the head of a shark, “Shark Girl” is the type of art meant to change how we look at our community.

Arron Ott, Curator of Public Art for the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, said, “We wanted to introduce public art to people where they can really interact with it and get involved with it.”

The gallery has partnered with Erie County to bring more public art to Buffalo. “Shark Girl” is already so popular she already has her own Twitter handle: @sharkgirlbflo

Public art is supposed to be fun and you don’t have to be an art expert to realize that.

Walker Szczepanski is 9-years-old and he loves “Shark Girl.”

“It’s good because people can get closer to it and more people can see it .”

Mariana Beeman is 11-years-old and from Buffalo. She said, “I think it’s really neat and it’s good for the environment and it shows different people’s personality.”

Getting people to come to see “Shark Girl” at the renovated Canalside is even better.

“It just makes the whole space more vibrant and we are in a booming society here in Erie County,” said Ott. “So it makes all the sense to tie culture into that type of development.”

The next public art project will be revealed in the next couple of days. The art gallery says it’ll be something you can’t miss.

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