Wednesday, June 22, 2011

The Little Mermaid in Copenhagen, Denmark

When I started thinking about today's post it almost immediately seemed fitting to look up the most famous mermaid of them all. Sculpted by Edvard Eriksen and unveiled in 1913 The Little Mermaid is a symbol of Copenhagen. Copenhagen’s Royal Theatre primaballerina, Ellen Price, modeled for the statue's head but refused to pose in the nude so the sculptor’s wife Eline Eriksen modeled for the body. The statue only stands 1.25 meters tall (a little over 4 feet) but consistently attracts large number of tourists and is often copied around the world, which sometimes results in litigation since it's still under copyright.

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