Rethinking Tomorrow’s 'Oxford Heads' : call-out to artists!

Updated: Aug 26, 2019


Looking out over a significant public space, where historic Oxford University buildings, the Sheldonian Theatre and History of Science Museum, meet the public highway and commerce, are 17 bearded men - stone heads, commonly known as The Emperors’ Heads but without specific identity. The current generation of heads were installed in the 1970s, succeeding earlier generations from 1868 and 1669. Mystery surrounds who they were intended to represent, although they are sometimes referred to as 'Emperors heads'.