You’re not the only one too cold to move.
“Shark Girl,” the sculpture by Cincinnati-based artist Casey Riordan Millard that captured the city’s imagination and dominated Instagram feeds last summer, is staying put for the time being. Plans to move the statue closer to the Ice at Canalside were delayed because the frigid weather has frozen it in place along the Canalside Boardwalk.
The statue will be moved to the ice rink as soon when the weather allows, according to the Albright-Knox Art Gallery.
“I know based on her Twitter feed she’s looking forward to some ice skating,” said Albright-Knox marketing and communications director Maria Morreale, referring to an excited dispatch from the anonymously run Twitter account @sharkgirlbflo posted Monday afternoon: “I’M GOING ICE SKATING!!!”
The planned move, according to Morreale, is being made “so that people can continue to enjoy her over the winter months” at the popular skating and curling rink that opened last month.
Morreale said plans call for the sculpture to be installed near the footbridge at the eastern end of the rink closest to One Canalside, but that the location may change as the gallery and Canalside staff evaluate the landscape.
As during the debut of “Shark Girl” last year, her planned move and its icebound complications have reverberated across social media, where the sculpture’s popularity continues to grow.