365 Days of Art – January 6: Little Mermaid Decapitated

January 6, 2014

Little Mermiad, Edvard Eriksen, Copenhagen

January 6, 1998
The graceful bronze statue of The Little Mermaid by Edvard Eriksen is treasured by Copenhagen, where it has sat on a rock in the harbor since 1913. It was inspired by the fairy tale of the same name by Hans Christian Andersen. On January 6, two unknown vandals were seen decapitating the little mermaid, and taking the head with them. This wasn’t even the original head, since she was decapitated previously in 1964. This time, the head was returned three days later and reattached in about a month.

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4 Responses to “365 Days of Art – January 6: Little Mermaid Decapitated”

  1. Julia says:

    What?! I’ve actually been to Copenhagen and seen her. That’s awful. At least they got this one back.

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