Listen, If There Are Flying Fish, There Are Bound to Be Accidents
updated 03/02/1987 AT 01:00 AM EST
•originally published 03/02/1987 AT 01:00 AM EST
"Downright disgusting," observed Irene Williams from her front yard.
"I'm not going to quarrel with my neighbor over it," declared Patricia Rakes. "But I did ask the city council if they'd lower my tax rates."
"It's a pity it did not demolish the whole house," one councilman wrote.
Of course people will talk, but Heine claims the shark actually has a solemn purpose: He says it is an antiwar protest, although he's hard put to explain the exact symbolism. He also says the idea came when he and a sculptor friend, John Buckley, were sitting around celebrating the purchase of the new abode. "We came to the conclusion that the house needed something with a bit of bite," he reports, an explanation that flies better than the one about peace.
Heine insists that Buckley's fish is artful and "improves the aesthetics of the neighborhood." But there's no accounting for taste, and local authorities have ruled the piscine plunger requires a permit and have ordered its removal. Heine anticipates one or more trials, but he's confident he'll land his shark legally. "The fish will swim on and on and on," he proclaims.