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A Closer Look: Casey Riordan Millard's 'Shark Girl'

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Title: "Shark Girl" // Artist: Casey Riordan Millard // On view permanently at Canalside

Meet "Shark Girl," the newest piece of public art in Erie County and already one of its most talked-about in years.

The 6 by 6 by 3-foot sculpture, which sits in a well-trafficked area of Canalside, features a young girl in a blue dress with a red sash who happens to have a great white shark for a head. After the unveiling of the sculpture on Tuesday afternoon, social media channels flooded with commentary. Some embraced "Shark Girl" as an absurd symbol capable of bringing a brief moment of joy to the lives of passers-by, while others dismissed it as ugly and tacky.

"Shark Girl" even has her own Twitter account, which has been generating plenty of reaction on its own since the sculpture's debut.

Below are some of the best reactions to Millard's piece:

[bn_tweet url="https://twitter.com/buffalopundit/status/504738219930710016"]

[bn_tweet url="https://twitter.com/sharkgirlbflo/status/504714556942598144"]

[bn_tweet url="https://twitter.com/DavidJCervi/status/504731975664795649"]

[bn_tweet url="https://twitter.com/ohheyitscaiti/status/504728359109402625"]

[bn_tweet url="https://twitter.com/LindyRuffsTie/statuses/504718731940229120"]

[bn_tweet url="https://twitter.com/markpoloncarz/statuses/504355463270780928"]

[bn_tweet url="https://twitter.com/NickLangworthy/statuses/504380351285055489"]

[bn_tweet url="https://twitter.com/markpoloncarz/statuses/504384766150713344"]

[bn_tweet url="https://twitter.com/topshelfcookies/statuses/504395059676979201"]

[bn_tweet url="https://twitter.com/InTerryWeTrust/statuses/504649694401011712"]

[bn_tweet url="https://twitter.com/sharkgirlbflo/statuses/504650603034050561"]

[bn_tweet url="https://twitter.com/WGRZmaryalice/statuses/504652302649942016"]

[bn_tweet url="https://twitter.com/sharkgirlbflo/statuses/504670021977903104"]

[bn_tweet url="https://twitter.com/TomPuckettWBEN/statuses/504672181184262145"]

And here's some reaction to Shark Girl's debut from The Buffalo News' Facebook page:

For a little more insight into the artist's inspiration for the sculpture and her other work, check out this interview Millard did with the Angela Meleca Gallery in Columbus, Ohio last year:

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