All right everyone, you can come out from under the covers, Shark Week is over. While it might have left some of you frightened and dreading your next swim, others might be hungry for more! I myself was one of the hungrier people, and my curiosity led me to Ft. Lauderdale’s Museum of Art. Located right off Las Olas Boulevard in downtown Ft. Lauderdale, The Museum of Art in Ft. Lauderdale currently features an eight-month exhibition entitled “SHARK.” Artist Richard Ellis curates the exhibit, exemplifying both the classic portrayal of sharks in Hollywood and media, as well as maintaining a thorough conservation theme. “SHARK” showcases sculptures, recycled plastic models, multimedia video and paintings featuring multiple shark species from around the world.
The exhibit is open to the public and the information desk gave out free T-shirts. Right away you are greeted by an informative video, offering footage of reef sharks feeding and roaming around the seafloor. Starting off the exhibit are pieces of shark memorabilia and old dive equipment such as a steel cage for “safe” diving missions. Chain mail suits accompany several photographs of divers after shark attack events and stories describing each incident.