365 Days of Art: March 8 – Little Mermaid Is Vandalized in Connection with International Women’s Day

A bronze statue of a mermaid sits in a harbor.
Little Mermaid, Edvard Eriksen, Copenhagen

March 8, 2006

The Little Mermaid statue in Copenhagen is vandalized (not for the first time): a dildo is attached to the statue’s hand, green paint is dumped over it, and the words March 8 are written on it.

It is suspected that this vandalism is connected with International Women’s Day, which is celebrated on March 8. This incident, the latest in a long string of attacks on the statue, lead government officials to announce that the statue may be moved farther out in the harbor, to avoid further vandalism.

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