A generation obsessed with images, selfies and Instagram is naturally drawn to compelling backdrops for their photos, seeking out anything from public art to fields filled with sunflowers.
Shark Girl, a product of the public art partnership between the Albright-Knox, Erie County and City of Buffalo, finds itself among the region's top examples, appearing in the Huffington Post's list of "35 Instagram-worthy Subjects, Renowned to Obscure, in the Northeast USA."
Malerie Yohen-Cohen, the author of the list, offers broader options than just public art; further highlights include a lighthouse in Maine, a sunset view in Massachusetts, a lobster shack in Connecticut and a hiking trail in Saratoga Springs, NY.
Stationed on a rock at Canalside, the part-shark, part-girl created by artist Casey Riordan Millard has perched daintily since August 2014. Look back at The News' Colin Dabkowski's original report from Shark Girl's arrival - where he calls her "disconcerting" - then read Mary Kunz Goldman's 100 Things entry on the public art piece.
A representative from the Albright-Knox said Shark Girl will remain there for a "couple more weeks" before her annual vacation for repairs and touch-ups. She will be returned to her rightful place before the warm weather strikes, usually in early May.