Lonely old lady – sitting on a rock for years.
The statue of The Little Mermaid (Danish: Den lille havfrue) sits on a rock in the harbour of the capital of Denmark. Based on a tale by Hans Christian Andersen, the small and unimposing statue is a Copenhagen icon and a major tourist attraction.
The statue was commissioned in 1909 by Carl Jacobsen, son of the founder of Carlsberg, who had been fascinated by a ballet about the fairytale in Copenhagen’s Royal Theatre and asked the primaballerina, Ellen Price, to model for the statue. The sculptor Edvard Eriksen created the bronze statue, which was unveiled on 23 August 1913. The statue’s head was modelled after Price, but as the ballerina did not agree to model in the nude, the sculptor’s wife Eline Eriksen was used for the body.
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The statue is still under copyright, and several copies of the statue have provoked legal threats.
The statue displayed in Copenhagen harbour has always been a copy; the sculptor’s heirs keep the original at an undisclosed location. Undamaged copies of the statue are located in Solvang, California; Kimballton, Iowa; Piatra Neamţ, Romania and in Weihai, China outside the old Danish consulate.
The grave of Danish-American entertainer Victor Borge, includes a copy as well.
I can assure you – John did his best to entertain here while he was there – climbing rocks around her – telling her funny stories about Holland… I think she enjoyed.
Have a great weekend.