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Surreal Shark Crashes Head-First Through a House


The Headington Shark is an unusual installation by sculptor John Buckley that features a shark crashing head-first through the roof of a home. Located at 2 New High Street in Headington, Oxford, England, the sculptural piece brings the comical fear of a Sharknado to life. Created in 1986 (long before the release of the Syfy television film) and renovated in 2007, the permanent installation still draws the entertained gaze of passersby.

Buckley's surreal installation was inspired by the Nuclear Age and his own personal observations while on a trip in the Middle East. He began sketching images of sharks while walking along a coastal road in Egypt where he noticed both the sea, teeming with colorful marine life, and land, decorated with mountains of black rock. The artist says, “Some of the sketches I drew at this time were of sharks leaving the watery depths and cruising the landscape like predatory missiles.”

Top photo via: mrnormall


Photo credit: Margaret Stranks


Photo credit: Margaret Stranks


Photo credit: Margaret Stranks


Photo credit: allybeag


Photo credit: allybeag


Photo credit: Andy Hoag

John Buckley website
via [Wacky Thoughts]

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Pinar Noorata is the Managing Editor at My Modern Met. She is a writer, editor, and content creator based in Brooklyn, NY. She earned her BA in Film and Media Studies from CUNY Hunter College and is an alumni of the Center for Arts Education’s Career Development Program in NYC. She has worked at NBC Universal, Penguin Books, and the Tribeca Film Festival as well as many other independent media companies. When she isn’t writing, editing, or creating videos herself, Pinar enjoys watching movies—anything from foreign art house films to mainstream blockbusters.
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