Flying shark in Oxford

Alakbar Karbalayev25 July 20182535 views1 min. read
Flying shark in Oxford

Where is OxfordOxford city is an administrative and historic county of Oxfordshire, England.

Headington Shark

Since the “Shark” appeared on the roof of New High Street, Oxford city on 9 August 1986, the house became the most mysterious place not only in Headington but also in the whole world.

This extraordinary Headington Shark with a headless flying shark became the centre of world attention. Thus, the headless sculpture was erected on the 41st anniversary of the dropping of the atomic bomb on Nagasaki in 1945 and was designed by John Buckley several weeks after the dropping of the atomic bomb on Chernobyl. The headless sculpture is made of fibreglass, weighs 200 kg, and is 7.5 m long.

Flying Shark

angry shark

While preparing an article about this house and flying shark by journalists, the owner of the Headington Shark Bill Heine said: “The hole created by the shark expresses the feeling of desperation and impatience of people witnessing the atomic bombing of Nagasaki and Chernobyl accident”.

Despite the fact that the municipal tried several times to get rid of the flying shark on the grounds that it was dangerous to the public, but engineers renovated it again and pronounced the erection safe. However, Oxford City Council decided to send inspectors to deep into the matter, and after the inspection, the sculpture was announced to be dangerous. Although the case was left unresolved, local people were relocated to other places, and as a result, the shark had won.

In 1992 Bernard Levin wrote an article in The Times about the Headington Shark. In 2014 the Headington Shark took 24th place in the list of most extraordinary sculptures.

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