Man Eating Shark is the culmination of many years of research, experimentation and work. The sculpture attempts to turn the table on humans unfounded fear of the much-maligned shark and sensationalist coverage by the media and popular culture. Asking the question…Are we the real Man Eating Shark?
The simple facts are that 12 humans are mistakenly killed by sharks, while more than 100 million sharks are cruelly and wastefully killed each year.
The large three-dimensional figure draws the viewer in and delivers a subtle and powerful message. The barefoot figure is intentionally over-sized, sitting atop a simple white plastic chair. The scene could be any beachside café, anywhere in the world.
He bites into the shark like a frenzied eating machine ignoring the plight of our oceans, interested only in what’s between his teeth.
On one level it is a caricature of the quintessential Australian beach goer; humorous and endearing. Under the surface is an alternative narrative.