Artist Luke Chueh revealed a bold statement last week at the "Getting BIG 36 Sharky Show" at the Toy Tokyo Underground Gallery in New York City. Chueh's telling 36"-tall fiberglass piece titled "Sharky Fin Soup" makes a pretty good case about the plight of sharks being harvested for their titular soup. The work featured a shark and a severed fin sitting in a bowl of blood -- i..e., shark fin soup. a popular soup of Chinese cuisine served during very special occasions. It was sold for an undisclosed amount.
The California State Assembly this week voted to ban shark fin sales, a harrowing practice that requires fishermen to rip the fins from the endangered creatures and toss them back into the ocean.
(Thanks for the tip, Debra Walker!)