Where Did Shark Girl Come From?

August 29, 2014 Updated Aug 29, 2014 at 6:12 PM EDT

By Matt Bove

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August 29, 2014 Updated Aug 29, 2014 at 6:12 PM EDT

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW-TV) – She’s half shark and half little girl, and she’s taking Buffalo by storm.

Shark Girl has quickly become the hottest attraction on Buffalo’s waterfront, but the attention it has gotten here has gotten all the way to Shark Girl’s hometown in Cincinnati.

“It slipped away from us,” Cincinnati Art Administrator Jan Brown said. “I would have loved to see it stay here in Cincinnati.”
But those in Buffalo assure that there was nothing fishy about this sculpture's acquisition.

“It had previously been on display in Cincinnati but it was
owned by the sculptor, and they approached her about purchasing a piece of art and that’s what we did,” Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz said. “So it wasn’t stolen, it was acquired, and that’s what often happens with artwork.”

“It’s great,” Poloncarz added. “Whether people love it or hate it, they’re talking about art and that’s what matters.”