You may have noticed there's a new shark in town keeping a watchful eye over SAP Center just in time for start of the 2019-20 season. Earlier this month, the San Jose Sharks debuted its "Bleed Teal" Sharks mural presented by SAP in downtown San Jose created by world-renowned artist Nychos earlier this month.
The mural stands at approximately 58 feet tall by 108 feet wide and earns its name from the depiction of a shark deriving its power from the City of San Jose, while teal pumps through its veins.
The Sharks commissioned the mural as a celebration of SAP Center's presence in the community and as a lead up to SAP Center 25 Festival Weekend from Sept 13 to 15.
Additionally, the mural helps exemplify the Sharks dedication to building strong relationships with fans, partners and the community in order to make Sharks Territory a better place.
"As a leading international street artist, Nychos' Bleed Teal mural is an outstanding addition to San Jose's growing collection of great public art," Kerry Adams Hapner, the Director of Cultural Affairs for the City of San Jose, told Mercury News. "It is significant that private organizations like the Sharks recognize the value of investing in art and artists to cultivate a visual fabric that instills pride and excitement in San Jose."
Nychos grew up in a hunting family outside of Vienna, Austria where animal dissection was a part of everyday life. From those experiences, Nychos finds truth in revealing the inside of an animal, with the city and the people of San Jose depicted as the backbone of the Sharks organization. The teal that circulates in the mural keeps both the Sharks and community alive and well.
In the 11-day project, where temperatures hovered around 100 degrees, Nychos used more than 800 cans of spray paint and completed the mural in roughly 96 hours. The building's 90-degree angle was an added challenge when completing the project.
The mural came to life through a collaboration with Empire Seven Studios (@empire7studios), Mighty (@mtca_co), Roshi and Modera The Alameda. It can be seen - just steps away from The Shark Tank.