Headington SharkOxford
2 New High Street
Oxon OX3 7AQ
Now, here is something to make any tourist do a ‘double take’ – a massive shark stuck headfirst into a roof!
The 25 feet long (7.6 metres), four hundredweight (203 kilogram) shark achieved notoriety in 1986 when it suddenly appeared on the roof of an ordinary Victorian semi-detached house in suburban Oxford.
The occupant of the house, Bill Heine commissioned artist John Buckley to sculpt the fibreglass headless shark.  The sculpture was entitled ‘Untitled 1986’.
Bill Heine is an American who studied law at Balliol College.  In 1986 he was running two Oxford cinemas but now he is known as a Radio Oxford presenter.
An outraged public wanted to know what the shark represented and what Bill Heine was trying to say.  He responded with:  'The shark was to express someone feeling totally impotent and ripping a hole in their roof out of a sense of impotence and anger and desperation.... It is saying something about CND [Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament], nuclear power, Chernobyl and Nagasaki'.
The sculpture was in fact erected on the roof on the 41st anniversary of the dropping of the atomic bomb on Nagasaki.
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Oxford City Council tried to get rid of the shark but Bill won the day.  To read more about this Oxford icon go to:
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