“The Little Mermaid”, in Copenhagen, by artist Edvard Eriksen.

Famous novels inspire musicals, films, bags (in my case) and, among many other things, statues.
I have picked up some cool examples to share here and with you for the next few days. And for my first post, I chose a very special statue that’s been sitting on my “I must visit you soon” list.

“The Little Mermaid”, by artist Edvard Eriksen, is located in Copenhagen, Denmark, and has become one of the city’s most famous postcards. Inspired by the eponymous 1837 work of (the also Danish) Hans Christian Andersen, it portrays a beautiful and saddened mermaid who divides herself between the world of humans and her home, the sea: if you take a closer look, you might notice that she has neither legs nor fins, but a mixture of the two.

The statue was inaugurated in 1913. Her features were inspired by the ballerina Ellen Price, but it was the artist’s wife, Eline Eriksen, who helped him shape the mermaid’s body, as the dancer did not agree to pose nude.

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