A bronze statue of a mermaid sits in a harbor.

365 Days of Art – January 6: Little Mermaid Decapitated

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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