England’s Headington Shark House loses its signature rooftop sculpture following landmark designation

A 25-foot-long fiberglass and steel shark sculpture embedded head-first into the roof of an otherwise-ordinary house in the eastern suburbs of Oxford, England, has been extracted by its owner after the property was recognized by Oxford City Council as a heritage site for its “special contribution” to the community.

The removal of the famous fish, by far the most well-known work of public art in the residential enclave of Headington, comes as an act of protest by Magnus Hanson-Heine. His late father, the American-born journalist and BBC radio host Bill Heine, had commissioned the work in 1986 to relay an antiwar message inspired in

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