Mako Shark Sculpture Will Surprise Campus Visitors at Nova Southeastern University in Palm Beach Gardens

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Leaders from Palm Beach Gardens and Nova Southeastern University have unveiled a magnificent — and menacing — sculpture depicting an 18-foot mako shark at the campus entrance on Military Trail.

The head of the shark bursts out of the concrete pavers four feet six inches into the air and features polished bronze teeth. At the other end is 36 inches of shark tail.

The “killer” creation was commissioned by the university in support of Palm Beach Gardens’ Art in Public Places program. Crafted by famed international wildlife sculptor Kent Ullberg, it depicts a leaping mako – the university’s mascot.

“We  believe art enriches one’s character and contributes to the quality of life of the community,” said George Dungee, Palm Beach Student Educational Center director. “Not only is it important to a student’s development, but it is also important to a community’s development. We are proud to support Palm Beach Gardens and its Art in Public Places initiative.”

Nova Southeastern University has had a presence in Palm Beach County for more than 35 years and offers degrees at the bachelor’s, master’s, doctoral and professional levels. For information, visit


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