- Aug 7, 2002
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Denmark May Move Famed Mermaid Statue
COPENHAGEN, Denmark - This city's famous Little Mermaid statue may be moved out of the reach of vandals and tourists, a city official said Wednesday.
The bronze sculpture based on Hans Christian Andersen's fairy tale of the same name may be relocated a few yards offshore, said Jon Pape, a spokesman for the city's roads and parks department. A decision will be made later this year, he said.
The 5-foot-high statue by Danish sculptor Edvard Eriksen has been sitting on a rock at the edge of the harbor since 1913. The mermaid statue can easily be reached by stepping on a concrete platform and other rocks that surround her. It draws about 1 million visitors a year, and is occasionally targeted by vandals.
"We regularly get complaints from tourist guides saying it often is hard for their group to see the mermaid because other tourists constantly are climbing on her to be photographed," Pape said.
The statue has been beheaded twice. Its arm has been amputated. Hooligans have doused it in paint several times. Three years ago, vandals used explosives to blow its off its perch. It has been repaired and replaced every time. In Andersen's tale, the Little Mermaid is a sea king's daughter who falls in love with a prince and must wait 300 years to become human.