Bill Heine, the man who in 1986 stuck a giant shark on the roof of his terraced house in Oxford, has died. He fought planning officers all the way to the top for the right to keep it. The government's final ruling is thing of beauty. https://t.co/dpgRGxFrN1 pic.twitter.com/XG8xIIwoz2
— Jim Waterson (@jimwaterson) April 3, 2019
An American named Bill Heine moved to Oxford Great Britain and ran two cinemas. This gentleman had studied law before turning to running movie houses.
But in 1986 Mr. Heine had a Big Idea and commissioned a fibreglass shark which he craned to the top of his house. The timing of his installation of a headless shark on the roof of his 1860 British townhouse was the “41st anniversary of the dropping of the atomic bomb on Nagasaki.” The piece was created by artist John Buckley.
The shark weighs 400 pounds and is 25 feet from its headless body to its tail. As this web page on the Hedlington Shark attests the placing of such a large object on the roof of a pretty ordinary residence sprung the local Oxford city council to action.
First city council said the shark had to go because it was a dangerous hazard. But when the shark installation was inspected, it was carefully installed and was safe. Then Council used Section 22 of the Town and Country Planning Act that had no provision for the placement of large things like sharks on roofs within the municipality.Read more »