"The Discovery Channel created a 446-foot-long inflatable shark on top of its Silver Spring, MD, headquarters resembling Jaws from the self-entitled movie. The inflatable shark is 113-feet tall from his belly to dorsal fin and 200-feet wide.
The fabricator of the Shark, CMEANN, is the same company that put King Kong on the Empire State Building in New York City. CMEANN has provided these fun facts:
The Shark consists of five pieces - the head (39' H x 50' L x 39'W), two side fins (12' H x 48'W x 11'D, each), a dorsal fin (39' H x 28' W x 11' D), and a tail (72' H x 24' W x 12' D). Deflated, each piece will fit into a crate 6' long x 3' wide x 5' high.
If the Shark was real, it would be about 446 feet long from the tip of his nose to the back of his tail, about 113 feet tall from his belly to the top of his dorsal fin, and about 200 feet wide from tip to tip of his side fins. And he would weigh about 84,000 pounds! That's one big Shark !
The pieces will be hoisted into place by crane, where cables and ropes will tie them down to the sides and top of the building, and to concrete weights below on the ground.
The Shark is a cold air inflatable - it must be continuously inflated by air during the time it is installed on the building. It will take 10 air blowers blowing 2000 cubic feet per minute of air each to keep the five pieces inflated.
It took 11,720 yards of fabric to make the Shark - that's 6.65 MILES of fabric! Also 36.7 miles of thread, and 3/4 of a mile of seatbelt webbing. The only non fabric part of the inflatable is the 2 inch "D" rings that will be used to attach the shark to the building with cables and ropes."
While this has been around for quite some time now, it is for the benefit of those who have not yet stumbled upon it.
Source: Silverspringdowntown, Promomagazine, Discovery, & Flickr
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