SHARKS!

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SHARKS!
ArtistJaimie Shorten
LocationLondon, England

SHARKS! is an art installation in London, England by architect Jaimie Shorten.[1]

Art[edit]

SHARKS! consists of five life-sized fibreglass model sharks.[2] The project was inspired by The Headington Shark in Oxford.[1] The installation cost £25,000.[3] It was selected and built as the 2020 Antepavilion, fitting the year's theme of "tension of authoritarian governance of the built environment and aesthetic libertarianism".[4][5] Shorten said that he thinks of the sharks as ingénues, that have surfaced in the "centre of hipster maelstrom" and as "dumb recipients of the horrible world" that are redeemed through being in Hoxton and "being together".[6]

Dispute[edit]

In October 2020,[citation needed] Hackney London Borough Council won an interim[citation needed] High Court injunction to remove SHARKS! from Regent’s Canal in Hoxton.[7]

In April 2021, SHARKS! was relocated to Islington Boat Club.[8]

References[edit]

  1. 1.0 1.1 Wainwright, Oliver (18 August 2020). "Sharks! Why are five man-eaters being unleashed into a popular canal?". The Guardian. Archived from the original on 23 May 2021. Retrieved 23 May 2021. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
  2. Brown, Jessica (25 November 2020). "The singing sharks of Hackney: a roguish architect versus a 'humourless' council". The Daily Telegraph. Archived from the original on 25 May 2021. Retrieved 23 May 2021. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
  3. Pitcher, Greg (24 August 2020). "Council moves to halt architect's shark installation". Architects Journal. Archived from the original on 23 May 2021. Retrieved 23 May 2021. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
  4. "2020 winner". Antepavilion. Archived from the original on 2021-05-24. Retrieved 2021-05-24. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
  5. Fulcher, Merlin (27 March 2020). "Jaws-dropping: Sharkitecture wins Antepavilion 4 contest". Architects Journal. Archived from the original on 24 May 2021. Retrieved 24 May 2021. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
  6. Buxton, Pamela (28 August 2020). "Four SHARKS! arrive in Regent's Canal – to council's horror". RIBA Journal. Archived from the original on 24 May 2021. Retrieved 24 May 2021. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
  7. Chant, Holly (10 November 2020). "Hoxton singing sharks removed from Regent's canal". Hackney Gazette. Archived from the original on 23 May 2021. Retrieved 23 May 2021. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
  8. Chant, Holly (26 April 2021). "Hoxton's singing sharks move to Islington". Hackney Gazette. Archived from the original on 8 May 2021. Retrieved 23 May 2021. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)

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