NOTE: This picture is from the original location. This cache has been moved about 500 feet. Updated picture at at a future date.
Sharkgirl is an interactive piece of public art in downtown Buffalo, N.Y. This means she is designed to be sat next to, and have your picture taken with her. That is the goal of this virtual cache, although we realize some Geocachers are camera shy, and we're fine with your hand holding your GPS unit in the picture, or if you cache exclusively with your phone, holding a piece of paper with a note you're finding the cache or something. Improvise, if need be.
As you can probably imagine, there is a very interesting story behind Sharkgirl. Buffalo's Albright-Knox Art Gallery paid an undisclosed sum for artist Casey Riordan Millard's fiberglass statue, which was funded with a $6,000 grant through the Cincinnati, Ohio Arts Ambassador Fellowship. Sharkgirl spent one year on the Cincinnati waterfront before being sold, and moved to Buffalo in August, 2014.
Although there was a minor controversy in Cincinnati over the move, Millard herself told the Cincinnati Enquirer "It was a little sad moving her, but I'm so excited about my first out-of-state (and region!) museum sale. I cannot believe the reception she is getting in Buffalo. Feeling gratitude to Buffalo and to the Cincinnati grant that allowed me to make her in the first place. Proof that the individual artist grant programs do work, and allow artists to make huge progress in their careers."
Indeed Sharkgirl is a big hit in Buffalo. She even has her own Twitter account, @sharkgirlbflo. Free on street parking very nearby, if you're lucky enough to find it. Otherwise, you're on your own, and may have to pay for it. Weekends during the day are the best time to pay a visit to Sharkgirl, if you want to park nearby for free.