Little Mermaid statue

Little Mermaid statue – one of the most popular attractions of the city of Copenhagen. The monument depicts the heroine of fairy tale by Hans Christian Andersen. The statue is situated at the entrance to the port on the waterfront of Copenhagen Langeline.

 August 23, 1913 in Copenhagen, established a bronze statue of the Little Mermaid, the height is 1.25 m, weight of about 175 kg. The author of the monument was a Danish sculptor Edvard Eriksen. Mermaid sitting on a large granite rock on the shore and looking sadly into the deep.

Produced the Little Mermaid sculpture commissioned by a great admirer of art, the famous Danish brewer and philanthropist Carl Jacobsen (owner of the brewery «Carlsberg»). He was so fascinated by the ballet put on the Andersen’s fairy tale, that he decided to give the residents of Copenhagen sculpture sea beauty. Author sculpture posed great prima ballerina Ellen Price, who worked at the Royal Opera House.

Many times, a famous landmark of the city has been the subject of vandalism.Mermaid monument poured paint, cut away his hands, decapitated, plucked from the pedestal, but each time the sculpture restored. In 2010, the sculpture was first presented at the World Expo in Shanghai. During absence Mermaid sculpture was installed in video installations created by Chinese artist Ai Veyveem.

Today, the Little Mermaid statue is a symbol of Copenhagen. Everywhere in Copenhagen you can buy postcards, souvenirs, keychains, lighters featuring the Little Mermaid. Every year a large number of tourists from all over the world come to Denmark to see the world-famous statue.