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Shark Girl is going away, but she'll be back

A favorite Buffalo photo op will soon be missing from Canalside as Shark Girl goes in for a touch-up. The artwork conservation, which will include 10 fresh coats of paint, should help the fiberglass sculpture withstand Buffalo's rain, snow and selfies.

It is scheduled to be removed the second week of October. The work is expected to take about eight to 10 weeks. It will be Shark Girl's longest absence but not her first. She has been removed and reinstalled for shorter periods to undergo repairs and maintenance in the past.

The removal, work and re-installation will cost up to $49,900 and will be paid for using money from the New York Power Authority relicensing agreement.

"Shark Girl," created by artist Casey Riordan Millard in 2013, is part of the Albright-Knox Art Gallery's Public Art Initiative. The initiative has produced several high-profile murals and art installations.

The Shark Girl sculpture has become a hallmark of Canalside's transformation and a popular destination for photo seekers.

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