Statues - Hither & Thither

Great Britain

South East England

New High Street 2

The Headington Shark

"Untitled 1986"
John Buckley

Oxford /  The Headington Shark   Oxford /  The Headington Shark


Rooftop sculpture depicting an oversized shark embedded head-first in the roof of a house. The shark, made of painted fibreglass, weighs 200 kg and is 7.6 m (25 feet) long.


The shark first appeared on 9 August 1986. Bill Heine, a local radio presenter who then owned the house, has said '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, nuclear power, Chernobyl and Nagasaki'. The sculpture, named Untitled 1986 (written on the gate of the house), was erected on the 41st anniversary of the dropping of the atomic bomb on Nagasaki. It was designed by John Buckley and constructed by Anton Castiau a local carpenter and friend of Buckley. For the occasion of the shark's 21st anniversary in August 2007, it was renovated by the sculptor, following earlier complaints about the condition of the sculpture and the house.

Oxford - The Headington Shark


Sources & Information


Location (N 51°45'32" - W 1°12'47")

eXTReMe Tracker
Item Code: gbse125; Photograph: 18 October 2015
Of each statue we made photos from various angles and also detail photos of the various texts.
If you want to use photos, please contact us via the contact form (in Dutch, English or German).
© Website and photos: René & Peter van der Krogt