Here are our top five controversial installations in UK …
Number 5: Garden Gravestone, Gateshead.
Councillors approved this controversial development for 6 head stones in the front garden of a house in Gateshead. Not surprisingly there were a few complaints from local residents, and as a result, a fence was later erected around the features.
Number 4: Homehenge, Cornwall.
If only we were all a little more like this guy… Ed Prynn, truck driver turned Archdruid of Cornwall!
His self-built bungalow features 500 slate nameplates completely covering the walls, an underground re-birthing cavern by the back door and 21 giant standing stones in the garden. The stones were dug up during excavations for an airport in the Falkland Islands and now serve as a place for Falkland Veterans to pay their respects. In 1999 during the solar eclipse, reportedly, CNN and 31 other TV crew camped outside waiting for him to part the clouds.
Number 3: Martin Rice, The Belfast’s Elvis.
Anyone want to buy the house next door to this guy?…
2: The Big Pink Eye Building, Warrington.
Second place has been awarded to Mick’s friend and client Tony Turk for his painting on the side of this Flour Mill in Warrington. Tony had originally hoped to paint a giant marine life mural on the side of the building but when the council tried to put a stop to it Mick stepped in and advised Tony that permission was not actually required for the painting, and as a result, he painted the pink eye as a statement to the council and its planning bureaucracy.
Number 1: The Headington Shark.
Of course we have given first place position to the house with a shark crashing through its roof! …. Just because, its a house with a shark crashing through its roof!!
The shark first appeared in 1986 and belongs to a local radio presenter who said “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… It is saying something about CND, nuclear power, Chernobyl and Nagasaki“.
Obviously Oxford City Council tried to have it taken down on the grounds that it had not been granted planning permission, but the locals liked the shark so the issue was taken to Central Government in 1992 where it was granted permission as “it did not result in harm to the visual amenity”.
… and finally, from our friends in the U.S.A …
We have the installation of a vent to the neighbour who complained about a blocked view, and a statute to the ex wife next door!