Somewhere in Scandinavia, a very lucky vandal is hiding a bronze mermaid’s head.
Copenhagen, Denmark’s famous Little Mermaid statue has suffered numerous beheadings, de-limbings and ransackings in her 100 years guarding the city’s harbor. In 1964, the head was sawed off and never recovered. Twenty years later, her right arm vanished and was returned a few days later. In 2003, explosions knocked her off her perch and she had to be fished out of the harbor.
More recently she’s been draped with a burqa and covered in green paint. Someone stuck a dildo to her head in 2006.
The vandalism may have been politically motivated. Or perhaps it was the work of angry tourists.
The attraction gets mixed reviews on TripAdvisor. Many are underwhelmed by the four-foot statue they walked 30 minutes from the city center to see.
“We traveled all the way to Copenhagen to see this. I’m not entirely sure why,” wrote one reviewer.
“This is probably the most overrated tourist attraction anywhere.”
“This is not Michelangelo’s David or anything. Come on.”
The statue was commissioned in 1909 by Carl Jacobsen. Jacobsen’s previous claim to fame was being the namesake of the Carlsberg brewery, which his father founded in 1875.
Jacobson hired sculptor Edvard Eriksen to create the work after he saw a ballet based on Hans Christian Andersen’s The Little Mermaid. (How a story about women with no legs could be turned into a ballet is beyond me, but I digress.)
Eriksen modeled the statue’s face after a dancer in the ballet. He based the body on his wife Eline.
Maybe one of the models has the head?