The little Mermaid of Copenhagen, Denmark
Copenhagen’s most iconic tourist attraction is behind Grandma Sita … Yes, it is The Little Mermaid sitting on a rock in the Copenhagen harbor.
This bronze statue was inspired by the Danish author Hans Christian Andersen‘s famous fairy tale “The Little Mermaid” (Danish: Den lille havfrue) from 1837. The story follows the journey of a young mermaid who is willing to give up her life in the sea as a mermaid to gain a human soul.
The statue was commissioned in 1909 by Carl Jacobsen, son of the founder of Carlsberg, after he had been fascinated by a ballet based on the fairy tale. The sculptor Edward Eriksen created the statue, which was unveiled on 23 August 1913. His wife, Eline Eriksen, was the model for the body. Ellen Price, the ballerina who danced the Little Mermaid in the 1909 Royal Danish Ballet production, was the model for the head and face.
The little Mermaid also likes to travel just like Sita, as so in May 2010, she was moved for the first time ever, for transport to Expo 2010 in Shanghai, China, where stayed until 20 November 2010.
FUN FACT (not so funny this time):
The Little Mermaid has been the victim of vandalism many times since the 1960s. Her head has been cut off, and she has had paint poured over her several times. In September 2003, the statue was knocked off its base with explosives. The statue has always been repaired after such acts.
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