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"Shark Spotting" Public Art

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Venice Shark Spotting is an interactive public art installation featuring bronze sculptures of 10 shark species native to the area’s waters.

shark sculpture in plantsA 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.

shark sculpture fountain parkArtists 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.

Gulf Coast Community Foundation logoWe invite you to come downtown and go "Shark Spotting"!

Think you can spot all 10 sharks?

Here are some clues …

shark graphic bullet point Look for me beside a structure in Centennial Park where you might expect to see a concert band performing - Megalodon Shark

shark graphic bullet point Look in front of the building that housed the historic institute for the Bluegrass State’s training academy - Lemon Shark

shark graphic bullet pointI’m near the water, just beyond the theatre in a park I call home - Snaggletooth Shark

shark graphic bullet point I’m looking to buy a home, between Tampa and Venice, in the subtropical waters where freshwater enters the saltwater - Tiger Shark

shark graphic bullet pointI’m thinking about buying a swimsuit just so the sun won’t bug me - Blacktip Shark

shark graphic bullet point I was here before the founders could even find Venice on a map - Hammerhead Shark

shark graphic bullet pointGod 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

shark graphic bullet point Sitting on top of a red brick wall, I can see from Nokomis to Miami - Bonnethead Shark

shark graphic bullet pointI was swimming to the Bahamian island of Nassau, but ended up on south of Venice Avenue near my destination’s namesake - Sandbar Shark 

shark graphic bullet point I can be bullish, and so too can the office building that I welcome you into - Bull Shark

Centennial Park shark sculpture

Good luck on your pursuit!

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