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Posted on: January 5, 2022

Five decorative shark statues make their debut in NSB

Shark statue decorated by artist Randal Preston located outside the Alonzo “Babe” James Community Ce

If you happen to hear the familiar Jaws theme song in your head while strolling around New Smyrna Beach this week don’t worry, it’s not just you.

Five decorative shark statues painted by local artists have been installed at various venues throughout New Smyrna Beach as part of a public art project spearheaded by the city’s Youth Council Task Force. Made up of five New Smyrna Beach High School students, the group first presented their idea to city commissioners on May 14, 2019 before it was put on pause by the COVID-19 pandemic and meeting restrictions that came along with it.

“It has been an incredibly rewarding experience watching this project come to fruition by the hard work and dedication of the Youth Council Task Force members,” said City Clerk Kelly McQuillen, who has served as staff liaison to the Council throughout the project’s life cycle. “Seeing the shark statues around town will now not only be a fun addition to the culture of our community and help put our title of Shark Bite Capital of the World in a positive light, but also serve as a reminder that perseverance pays off.”

Measuring 7-feet long, 2-feet tall, and 1-foot wide, the shark statues were crafted by Rick Hardy, a shark taxidermist with Unique Species Inc., and painted by five artists selected by the Council and listed with their work’s locations below.

Would you like to know more? Please contact the City Clerk’s Office at clerk@cityofnsb.com or (386) 410-2630.

Shark statue decorated by artist Randal Preston located outside the Alonzo “Babe” James Community CePhoto: Shark statue decorated by artist Randal Preston located outside the Alonzo “Babe” James Community Center at 201 N. Myrtle Ave.

Shark statue decorated by artist Eliza Midgett located outside the Brannon Center at 105 S. Riversid

Photo: Shark statue decorated by artist Eliza Midgett located outside the Brannon Center at 105 S. Riverside Dr.

Shark statue decorated by artist Cathy Berse located outside City Marina at 201 N. Riverside Dr.Photo: Shark statue decorated by artist Cathy Berse located outside City Marina at 201 N. Riverside Dr.

Shark statue decorated by artist Margo Wenzel located outside the Development Services Building at 2Photo: Shark statue decorated by artist Margo Wenzel located outside the Development Services Building at 214 Sams Ave.

Shark statue decorated by artist Shyriaka Morris located outside the Live Oak Cultural Center at 105Photo: Shark statue decorated by artist Shyriaka Morris located outside the Live Oak Cultural Center at 1050 Live Oak St.