Venice Shark Spotting is an interactive public art installation featuring bronze sculptures of 10 shark species native to the area’s waters.
A gift to the City of Venice from Gulf Coast Community Foundation, the roughly 10-inch-long sculptures are permanently installed in different locations throughout Miami, West Venice and Tampa avenues in downtown Venice. A bronze plaque in Centennial Park informs visitors of the family-friendly exhibit and invites them to search the avenues to find all 10 sharks.
Artists from Sarasota’s Bronzart Foundry used a combination of centuries-old and cutting-edge techniques to bring lifelike detail to the miniature sharks they exquisitely sculpted and cast.
In celebration of its 25th anniversary, Gulf Coast Community Foundation commissioned the bronze sculptures and plaque and gifted them to the City of Venice for a permanent public art display. The native shark species — living and prehistoric — pay homage to Venice’s longstanding and beloved association with sharks and shark teeth. The installation aims to add fun and education to Venice’s already vibrant downtown, all in recognition of a charitable organization created by the community that it continues to serve today.
Think you can spot all 10 sharks?
Here are some clues …
Look for me beside a structure in Centennial Park where you might expect to see a concert band performing - Megalodon Shark
Look in front of the building that housed the historic institute for the Bluegrass State’s training academy - Lemon Shark
I’m near the water, just beyond the theatre in a park I call home - Snaggletooth Shark
I’m looking to buy a home, between Tampa and Venice, in the subtropical waters where freshwater enters the saltwater - Tiger Shark
I’m thinking about buying a swimsuit just so the sun won’t bug me - Blacktip Shark
I was here before the founders could even find Venice on a map - Hammerhead Shark
God created the great creatures of the sea and blessed them and said: “Be fruitful and increase in number and fill the water in the seas” - Nurse Shark
Sitting on top of a red brick wall, I can see from Nokomis to Miami - Bonnethead Shark
I was swimming to the Bahamian island of Nassau, but ended up on south of Venice Avenue near my destination’s namesake - Sandbar Shark
I can be bullish, and so too can the office building that I welcome you into - Bull Shark
Good luck on your pursuit!
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