Tourist Attraction in Copenhagen: Den lille Havfrue
The statue of the Little Mermaid is a 1,25-meter-high bronze sculpture and 175 kilograms weight, located at the entrance to the Copenhagen Harbor, which is one of the symbols. It is the protagonist, Sirenetta, of one of the most famous fairy tales of Hans Christian Andersen, The Sirenetta. The statue was commissioned in 1909 by Carl Jacobsen, son of the founder of Carlsberg, who was fascinated by an adaptation of the fairy tale as a ballet. It was made by sculptor Edvard Eriksen (1876-1959) and first shown to the public on August 23, 1913. Eriksen used his wife Eline as a model. On April 24, 1964, some artists in the situationalist movement, including Jørgen Nash, smeared and snatched the head of the statue; it was never found again, and had to be replaced with a copy. On 22 July 1984 was the turn of the right arm, but was handed back two days later by two young and embarrassed vandals. In 1990, a new attempt to sawn the head of the statue caused a 18 cm deep cut in the neck of the Little Mermaid. So they decided to replace it with a new identical siren consisting of a single metal block worked. On January 6, 1998, the head was again removed, but this time it was re-issued (anonymously) and replaced in its place on February 4th. The statue has been painted several times, and September 11, 2003 has even been uprooted by the rock that makes them pedestal, perhaps by means of a small charge of dynamite. A copy of the statue is in Solvang, California. There are some similarities between the Little Mermaid and the Pania statue in Napier, New Zealand. Pania is also the protagonist of a story, among other things with some analogy with the Little Mermaid fairy tale. Another bronze statue depicting a siren is found in Songkhla Town at Hat Samila, in Songkhla Province, South of Thailand. Represents the Hindu-Buddhist deity Mae Thorani. A statue of Sirenetta is located in Lacco Ameno (Ischia). It is a natural-sized bronze sculpture, set on a promenade promenade that pudely hides her graces with her hands. In Sicily there are two statues representing a Sirenetta. The first placed in 1962 on the seafront of Giardini Naxos, is about four meters high placed on a fountain, even this as the statue of Copenhagen over the years has been subjected to vandalism. The second always depicting a siren is placed at a depth of about 18 mt. within the protected marine area of Plemmirio di Siracusa.