Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Copenhagen, Denmark: Little Mermaid Statue

Can you go to New York without seeing the Statue of Liberty? Maybe, but it's not quite the same for first-time visitors. Such is the case for the Little Mermaid Statue in Copenhagen.

The work has been part of the Copenhagen landscape for more than a century, as it debuted in 1913. The area is around it is a waterfront park, and based on one visit the tourists line up to take a picture of it. The statue has been vandalized a few times as a political statement over the years. Someone sawed off the head in 1964. One report said the original is kept hidden away, with a copy now hugging the waterfront.

By the way, a short distance away is a large replica of this statue. The biggest difference is that the Little Mermaid isn't so little; she's more, um, well-developed.

The Little Mermaid is a fairy tale written by Hans Christian Anderson.

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