Shark Girl statue goes on display in Buffalo

In this Tuesday, Aug. 26, 2014 photo, Erie

In this Tuesday, Aug. 26, 2014 photo, Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz, left, Albright Knox Executive Director Dr. Janne Siren, center, and Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown, right, unveil a new sculpture during a ceremony at Canalside in Buffalo, N.Y. (Credit: AP / Mark Mulville)

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BUFFALO, N.Y. - Shark Girl is on display in Buffalo and at least one official from the statue's old home of Cincinnati feels a slight bite of sorrow.

The life-size stature of a girl in a Victorian dress and a shark head was installed at Buffalo's Canalside this week after a yearlong stint on Cincinnati's waterfront.

Buffalo's Albright-Knox Art Gallery paid an undisclosed sum for artist Casey Riordan Millard's statue, which was funded with a $6,000 grant through Cincinnati's Arts Ambassador Fellowship.

Jan Brown Checco, an arts administrator for Cincinnati's public parks, told the Buffalo News that the move "kind of pulled the rug out from under us" because they thought Shark Girl would stay a bit longer.

Still, Checco said the city applauds its artists and welcomes their success.

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