The story of the Little Mermaid in Copenhagen

The story of the Little Mermaid in Copenhagen

Mermaid statue at the pier just pick Langelinie 100th birthday age is one of the most attractive tourist spots in the capital, Copenhagen , Denmark


Inaugurated on 23 / 8/1913 , Mermaid statue ( The Little Mermaid or Den lille havfrue in Danish ) is a gift from Carl Jacobsen ( son of the founder of the famous Carlsberg brewery ) for Museum of Copenhagen city  .

The story of the Little Mermaid in Copenhagen

The story of the Little Mermaid in Copenhagen . Mermaid sitting on a ledge at the dock Langelinie . Photo: flickr

The statue is made ​​of bronze and granite , and was inspired by the fairy tale writer Hans Christian Andersen about a mermaid gave up everything to be with the prince young and handsome face land . Each morning and evening you are swimming up from the depths of the sea water and sat on a rock , looking towards the coast longing to see hope will be their prince .

Carl Jacobsen was ” in love ” mermaid character after watching the play ballet based on the fairy tale of the same name at the Royal Danish Theatre in Copenhagen .

Captivated by the fairy tales and ballet , Carl Jacobsen ordering sculptor Edvard Eriksen mermaid statue .

The sculpture was inspired by actress Ellen Price , who starred in The Little Mermaid ballet at the Royal Opera House in 1909 .

Carl Jacobsen as the favorite actress Ellen invited Price to make molds for the statue . However, by Ellen Price refused to do nude modeling so Eriksen based on body sculpting his wife Eline Eriksen .

Mermaid statue

The story of the Little Mermaid in Copenhagen . Mermaid statue has become a symbol of Copenhagen and the Danish nation . Photo: visitcopenhagen

The destructive

Mermaid statue has repeatedly become victims of the vandalism. The statue has twice lost the head , took one arm amputated , and many times covered in spilled paint .

After each destroyed , the statue will be repaired and restored , so the mermaid can still sit in his old position on the water and welcome visitors to the Copenhagen harbor .

Today, the Little Mermaid statue is one of the tourist attractions in Copenhagen the most attractive and has become a symbol of the country’s capital Copenhagen and Denmark.

The story of the Little Mermaid in Copenhagen .