An Oxford home with a shark stuck in its roof has hit the rental market.
Its owner, local radio star Bill Heine, commissioned sculptor John Buckley to create the large-scale sculpture, which was installed on 9 August 1986 – the 41st anniversary of the atomic bomb in Nagasaki.
‘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,’ Heine said when it was erected. ‘It is saying something about CND, nuclear power, Chernobyl and Nagasaki.’
Known locally as the Shark House, the property featuring the fibreglass creature has become a bit of an Oxford landmark. The actual name of the work is the less descriptive Untitled 1986.
Besides the sculpture, the home has three en-suite bedrooms and a conservatory that opens onto a back garden.