One more time the most well known tourist attraction of Copenhagen has been vandalised.
Our poor, poor mermaid. Once in a while someone takes it out on her. The first time in 1964, she lost her head and in 1984 someone cut off her arm. 1998 she lost hear head again, but it was found a few days later. Last time something happened was in 2003, when she was dynamited off her stone.
This time around ‘they’ painted her red. Red, the colour of blood. The blood of the whales slaughtered on the Faroe Islands every year. It is apparently a tradition, albeit a gruesome one. I saw one picture and it turned my stomach, so am not posting it here, am sure you can find something about it if you google it.
The lady turned 100 in 2013 and has seen many other things in that century – a part from loosing pieces of her body, she has been covered in paint many times, has worn a burka and a Christmas hat – even worn the Swedish and Norwegian football shirts. In the 1970’s she got to hold a banner saying: ‘women got equal pay now – now that was a really adventure’ – obviously referring to the Adventures of H.C. Andersen, book from where the story ‘The Little Mermaid’ comes from.
The statue was commissioned in 1909 by Carl Jacobsen, the son of the founder of Carlsberg – the beer house, another Danish Icon. The only time she left the country was when she was sent to Shanghai for the Universal Exposition in 2010.
Like many of H.C. Andersen’s tales, The Little Mermaid, is sad and tragic. And though it ends with the Mermaid not getting what she wanted, it tells a story of selflessness. If you have never read it, I encourage you!
Ahh me! On a very cold day in November 2007. I remembered we literally stopped 1 minute, it was just so bitterly cold that day. Husband always says that even though he has lived 4 years in Switzerland, the cold he experienced in Copenhagen is far the worst he has ever tried. It’s true that a sunny and warm Denmark is much more fun!