The Making of
"Mack the Shark"

Sharkbyte, Public Art Project
The San Jose Jazz Society shark

August, 2001 - Downtown San Jose


Designers: Steve Yamaguma
Janet Lane


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"A jazzy idea - an interactive shark playing a tune." It starts with a plain, white shark.
Mack needs a little personality adjustment. A dab of paint here, a friendly smile there...
Transformation of a white shark... Puttin' on a tune...
"Now he's singing..." "Adding the scales..."
Installing Mack at 60 S. Market St.

Making sure Mack won't swim away...

"Is that you?" "Tune up time"
Ready to Roll. Love that shark.
He's all smiles... Come play me...

Our salute to the great jazz tunes,
writers and crooners:
Mack the Knife, Bobby Darrin,

Writer(s): Weill/Brecht/Blitzstein
and Henry Schiro
and the San Jose Jazz Society.

The 12th Annual San Jose Jazz Festival

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MACK the SHARK (Knife)

Writer(s): Weill/Brecht/Blitzstein

Oh, the shark has pretty teeth dear
And he shows 'em, pearly white
Just a jack knife has Macheath dear
And he keeps it way out of sight

When that shark bites with his teeth, dear
Scarlet billows begin to spread
Fancy gloves though has Macheath dear
So there's never, never a trace of red

On the sidewalk, one Sunday morning
Lies a body, oozin' life
Someone's sneaking 'round the corner
Could that someone be Mack the Knife

From a tugboat, on the river going slow
A cement bag is dropping on down
You know that cement is for the weight dear
You can make a large bet Mackie's back in town

My man Louis Miller, he split the scene babe
After drawing out all the bread from his stash
Now Macheath spends like a sailor
Do you suppose our boy, he's done something rash

Old Satchmo, Louis Armstrong, Bobby Darrin
Did this song nice, Lady Ella too
They all sang it, with so much feeling
That Old Blue Eyes, he ain't gonna add nothing new

But with this big band, jumping behind me
Swinging hard, Jack, I now I can't lose
When I tell you, all about Mack the Knife babe
It's an offer, you can never refuse

We got Patrick Williams, Bill Miller playing that piano
And this great big band, bringing up the rear
All the band cats, in this band now
They make the greatest sounds, you're ever gonna hear

Oh Sookie Taudry, Jenny Diver, Polly Peachum,
Old Miss Lulu Brown
Hey the line forms, on the right dear
Now that Macheath's back in town
You'd better lock your doors, and call the law
Because Macheath's back in town

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Special thanks to Acrylonics for the acrylic "wave."

For more information on the Sharkbyte project, and the San Jose Jazz Shark, contact Steve Yamaguma at:

Yamaguma & Assoc./ Design 2 Market

Nifty shark sculptures draw attention of fans and vandals
August 15, 2001

As thousands of people discovered at the very cool San Jose Jazz Festival over the weekend, the arty shark sculptures now dotting the downtown are pretty cool, too. My favorite so far: the Jazz Society's own "Mack the Shark" on Market Street, complete with xylophone on top and instructions on the side that enable even non-musical passersby to pause and play Kurt Weill. And you have to like the self-assurance of such firms as Bergeson Eliopoulos, Terra Law and Hoge, Fenton, Jones & Appel. Yeah, they're lawyers and they sponsored sharks anyway, knowing people would joke about it being professional courtesy.

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