Be fascinated with the most famous resident of Headington, the Headington Shark, which had been winched up by crane on a roof of a semi-detached house – 2 New High Street, in the early hours of the morning on Saturday 9th August, 1986. The police were powerless to do anything about it as it is not against the law to put a shark on your own roof.
The headless shark sculpture is 25 feet long, weighs four hundredweight and is made of fibreglass. It was erected on the 41st anniversary of the atomic bomb in Nagasaki and was commissioned by Bill Heine who still owns the house. Fixed to the gate of the house, there is a label showing ‘Untitled 1986’ and the headless shark still excites interest around the world today.
For more information about the story of the shark, how the council tried to get rid of it, on the grounds that it was dangerous to the public, log onto http://www.headington.org.uk/shark/ and be fascinated with the history and the present of this rather unusual public display.