The Shark Gun Is Vital To Our Nation's Safety

There's something mythic about the demonization of sharks. Sure, they're dangerous on occasion, but watch Jaws or Sharknado and you'd think they're a threat to the very fabric of society. That's the whole notion behind artist Christopher Schulz's wonderfully weird weaponized shark sculpture series, currently on display at San Francisco's CK Contemporary gallery.

The 3D metal sculptures are meant to play on the way fear is often unfairly stirred by the mere sight of particular objects like sharks and guns. As Schulz has described of the series, "Most of these subconscious emotions come from misinformation or a prescribed reaction. A reality is that neither one are worthy of such a label as 'killer,' but when the human element is added, unpredictability becomes a threat."

By using marine grade stainless steel as a medium, and mounting them on a transparent lucite base, he intended to essentially defang (or, well, de-tooth) them. "They become an attractor of curiosity, one that brings us closer to our fears by showing these items in an elegant, beautiful way," he explains.

We caught up with CK owner Lauren Ellis last week, who told us they sell for between $4,000 and $42,000 depending on the edition, and have been purchased by clients all over the world. "It's fascinating seeing the different types of people who are drawn to them and for what reason," she said. "I can say with certainty that no other works in my gallery have attracted more attention and enthusiasm."

But really, when you consider they filmed a sequel based on the runaway success of the first Sharknado, it's not all that surprising.

Joe McGauley is a senior editor at Supercompressor. He refused to swim in the ocean the summer after he saw Jaws for the first time.