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The Headington Shark

"Untitled 1986"
John Buckley
1986

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Description

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.

Annotation

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

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Location N 51°45'32" W 1°12'47"

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