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Shark Girl

 
 
Shark Girl Marker image. Click for full size.
By Anton Schwarzmueller, October 6, 2019
1. Shark Girl Marker
Inscription.  Casey Riordan Millard; American, born 1973.
Shark Girl, 2013
Painted fiberglass.
Public Art Collection of the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, and Product of the Public Art Initiative partnership with Erie County and the City of Buffalo, 2014. Photograph by Tom Loonan.

Shark Girl is the absurd, hilarious, and bittersweet creation of the artist Casey Riordan Milland. While Shark Girl might appear sorrowful or lonely, there is also a comic element to this “fish out of water.” Here, in Millard’s first public sculpture, Shark Girl patiently waits, legs daintily crossed, hands folded for a companion to join her.

Appearing in nearly all of Milland’s paintings, drawings, and sculptures, Shark Girl was originally conceived as the artist reflected on the existential conundrums of life, love, family, and loss. Shark Girl can be seen as Millard’s diversionary tactic or as her mechanism for confronting the challenges of contemporary life.

Shark Girl’s yearning and desire for normalcy and acceptance trigger equal parts laughter and empathy. The boulder on which she sits provides viewers with the opportunity
Shark Girl & Marker image. Click for full size.
By Anton Schwarzmueller, October 6, 2019
2. Shark Girl & Marker
to bring the work to life by taking a seat and initiating a friendship with this bizarre half-shark, half-girl.
 
Erected by Albright-Knox Art Gallery Public Art Initiative.
 
Location. 42° 52.712′ N, 78° 52.679′ W. Marker is in Buffalo, New York, in Erie County. Marker is at the intersection of Commercial Street and Perry Boulevard, on the left when traveling south on Commercial Street. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Buffalo NY 14202, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Buffalo's Birthplace (here, next to this marker); The Immigrant Steps (here, next to this marker); America's Crossroads: The Spaulding Exchange (a few steps from this marker); Canal and Harbor (within shouting distance of this marker); Buffalo Riverfront Historical Eras to 1930 (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor (about 400 feet away); The Grand Canal (about 400 feet away); Buffalo - Queen City of the Lakes (about 400 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Buffalo.
 
Also see . . .
1. Albright-Knox Public Art - Shark Girl. (Submitted on October 6, 2019, by Anton Schwarzmueller of Wilson, New York.)
2. Casey Riorden Millard - Wikipedia. (Submitted on October 6, 2019, by Anton Schwarzmueller of Wilson, New York.)
 
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Credits. This page was last revised on October 6, 2019. This page originally submitted on October 6, 2019, by Anton Schwarzmueller of Wilson, New York. This page has been viewed 52 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on October 6, 2019, by Anton Schwarzmueller of Wilson, New York.
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