Yes - it's a shark in the roof.

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    This is The Headington Shark in Oxford, officially its title is untitled 1986, named after the year it was installed. Well of course the battle with the planning authorities lasted for years but in the end the shark was allowed to stay. I couldn't be happier.

    The story is a fascinating one and well-told on this site. I strongly suggest you have a read of it, but for the time being enjoy this quote from a 1992 article about the shark in The Times:

    There is nothing about smiling in the analects of the planning committee of the Oxford city council, and that august body ruled that it must come down, giving as the reason that it had been put up without planning permission, or more likely just because it was delightful, innocent, fresh and amusing — all qualities abhorred by such committees.

    wynnbox, BLUE FOREST, kitesarefun, and 36 other people added this photo to their favorites.

    1. freef0cus 91 months ago | reply

      bizarre and wonderful!

    2. Brownie Bear 85 months ago | reply

      I seem to remember hearing that the owner wanted to put up a conservatory/extension at the rear and was refused planning permission. However, the shark did not require it. So the shark was put up as a protest about this.

    3. Bowhaus 76 months ago | reply

      Hi, I'm an admin for a group called Improbable Titles, and we'd love to have your photo added to the group.

    4. new hobby 75 months ago | reply

      Hi, I'm an admin for a group called Odd Shots, and we'd love to have your photo added to the group.

    5. Ashellygirl 72 months ago | reply

      "Huney Im home why is there a shark in my roof"

    6. Ron,Ron,Ron 72 months ago | reply

      Hi, I'm an admin for a group called A Plethora of Fish Facsimiles, and we'd love to have this added to the group!

    7. fifthteensuperhans [deleted] 66 months ago | reply

      I Love going past that place ever so kitchy

    8. XDinosaur_ZarX 57 months ago | reply

      THIS has got to be alot of .............................?!

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