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Mermaids on Australia’s Daydream Island

Daydream Island is just over half a mile long and about 600 feet wide, on the northeast coast of Australia, close to the Great Barrier Reef.   On the northeast tip of the island you will find 3 mermaids soaking up the sun.

Daydream Island Mermaids

The 3 mermaids on Daydream Island. Photo by Cam Pegg.

The mermaid statues are named Serenity, Aphrodesia and Infinity, representing respectively mind, body and spirit.   They were created by David Joffee.

Daydream Island Resort and Spa pretty much takes up the entire island.   The resort is split in two – one part on the north end of the island, the other on the south end, with the middle being mountainous rock rising up about 150 feet from sea level.   It is a tropical paradise, with more than a touch of a mermaid theme.

 

Daydream Island Mermaid Statues
Daydream Island Mermaid

Daydream Island Mermaid – Photos by James Burnell

For more photos and information on these mermaids, visit Daydream Island.

By |January 15th, 2014|Public Mermaid Sculptures|2 Comments

Thailand’s Golden Mermaid not a place for prayer

Songkhla Golden Mermaid

The Golden Mermaid in Songkhla, Thailand, has been in the press this week as a result of people conducting prayers in her location, and draping her with yellow fabric.

Officials have publicly announced that this is misguided and actually detracts from her image – the statue is a popular tourist attraction and was constructed for this purpose as a symbol if the city.

One of the news articles is available here.

 

 

By |November 22nd, 2013|Public Mermaid Sculptures|0 Comments

Weeki Wachee Springs – Mermaid Statues and Live Mermaids

Weeki Wachee Springs State Park has been home to both live mermaids and mermaid statues since 1947.  Located on the west coast of Florida, it started out as a private enterprise, and was later owned by the ABC news network, but is today owned by the Florida Department of Environmental Protection as a Florida State Park.  map

This sculpture stands at the entrance to the park, atop a 25′ pillar in the center of a water fountain.

Weeki Wachee Entrance Mermaid Sculpture

Weeki Wachee Entrance Mermaid Sculpture. Photo by Matt Kelland.

Weeki Wachee Springs is the deepest (400′) naturally occurring spring in the United States and is the source for the Weeki Wachee River.  It provides a steady flow of water (170 million gallons daily) at 74.2 °F year-round.   The river takes a winding course for a little over 7 miles befores it flows into the Gulf of Mexico, and is a haven for manatees and other fresh-water creatures.

The live mermaids perform essentially just above the spring source, watched from a stage in an aquarium-like setting.   They are thoroughly trained divers who have learned to dive for extended periods without masks, breathing from air hoses when needed, and able to hold their breath for several minutes underwater while performing.  On rare occasions they are joined by manatees who have decided to join them at the river source.  The park is open every day of the year, and there are typically 2-3 mermaid shows daily.

Most everyone in town knows someone who is or was a mermaid performer, and there are many reminders of mermaids around town.

In addition to the main attraction mermaid shows, the park also has river cruises and animal shows, a water park area with water slides and many gardens and paths with statues and other attractions.

In addition to the tall mermaid sculpture shown above, there are many other mermaid statues inside and outside the park, all of which have the more traditional single mermaid tail.

Weeki Wachee was and remains the original mermaid show.   With the advances in mermaid tails and the increased interest in mermaids over the last decade, other mermaid shows have been opened, in Las Vegas, South Korea and Dubai.

Mermaids Sculpture at Weeki Wachee Entrance

Mermaid Statues at Weeki Wachee Entrance. Photo © by Christopher-Schultz.

For many more photos, see the Weeki Wachee Mermaids page.

By |October 3rd, 2013|Public Mermaid Sculptures|1 Comment

Gorgeous Mermaid Statue ‘La Sirena de Puerto Banus’ in Marbella, Spain

This wonderful rendition of a mermaid in granite and marble was created by Barcelona sculptor Antonio Cañete, and is located on the waterfront promenade at the Puerto Jose  Banús harbor on the west side of Marbella on the south coast of Spain, about 30 miles from Gibraltar.

Mermaid sculpture in Puerto Banus, Marbella, Spain
Mermaid statue La Sirena Puerto Banus Marbella in Spain. Photo © by Chris Robertshaw.

Puerto Banús was created in the 1970’s and has become one of the key attractions in the Costa del Sol area, with 5 million visitors annually.   There are many works of art here.   With her location right on the beach walk promenade next to hundreds of yachts in the port, La Sirena has a prominent location in the sun and further enhances the natural beauty of the town and this area of Spain.

For more information and photos of this statue, see La Sirena de Puerto Banus.

By |October 2nd, 2013|Public Mermaid Sculptures|0 Comments

Mermaid statues on Place de la Concorde in Paris

The tritons and nereids in the fountains at Place de la Concorde have been there since 1840, in the center of Paris.

Mermaid statues at Place de la Concorde

The Fountain at Place de la Concorde, with several mermaid statues. Photo © by Marie-Hélène Cingal.

The two fountains were designed by Jacques Ignace Hittorff, who was commissioned by King Louis-Philippe in 1831 to design the entire Place de la Concorde after Egypt gifted a 230-ton obelisk to France. The project was finished in 1840, with the help of 12 sculptors. The central figures were created in cast-iron, whereas the 12 triton and mermaid statues (6 in each fountain) were cast in bronze.

Place de la Concorde is located right by the river Seine, and is the largest square in Paris, with a rich history. It was named Place de la Concorde in the hope of future peace and a cessation of guillotine beheadings.

Mermaid and Triton in the Fountains at Place de la Concorde.

Mermaid and Triton at Place de la Concorde. Photo © by Marie-Hélène Cingal.

The fountains were inspired partly by Piazza San Pietro and Piazza Navona in Rome, both of which have fountains on either side of a central obelisk.

See more photos and info here.

By |September 26th, 2013|Public Mermaid Sculptures|0 Comments

Mermaid Statues as Public Art

In some situations an issue arises regarding the ‘propriety’ of mermaid statues as public art – whether they are family friendly or ‘decent’.

Since mermaids don’t wear clothes, excepting of course Disney mermaids, sculptors of fine art mermaid statues and sculptures almost always model them without clothes.

Occasionally there are concerns about this when a new statue is proposed.

Such statues are however very well received by the vast majority of people, children and adults alike.  Most people see beauty, aesthetics, grace, elegance and fairy tale magic when they see a mermaid statue.

Here are a few examples of mermaid statues as public art which are respected, admired and appreciated by the communities in which they are located, and which help bring culture, business and visitors to their cities:

The Little Mermaid Statue in Copenhagen

The Little Mermaid in Copenhagen. visited by millions each year.  It has been here for 100 years.
It is an icon of the city and of Denmark.  Photo © by News Øresund – Johan Wessman.

Cleveland Mermaids

Fidardo Landi’s Mermaids Sculpture at the Cleveland Museum of Art has been here since 1929,
visible from the Museum grounds and from East Blvd.

Nerissa, Mermaid of Salt Spring Island

The Rotary Club’s 2001 Mermaid in Ganges, Salt Spring Island, Canada.  Photo by Ruth Hartnup.

Mermaid Sculptures in Ghirardelli Square

Mermaids Fountain in Ghirardelli Square, San Francisco CA. Created in 1968 by Ruth Asawa, one of the
founders of the San Francisco School of the Arts. Photo © by Tyson Villanueva.

Oak Harbor Mermaid Sculpture

Mermaid Statue created by Larry Oliver in 2012 for the City of Oak Harbor,
Whidbey Island, Washington. Photo by Gerry Oliver.

Russian Mermaid at Soter Point

The ‘Russian’ Mermaid installed in 2009 at Soter Point in Ventura CA.  Photo by Sunny Oberto.

Concho River

Pearl of the Concho Mermaid by Jayne Charless Beck installed in 1994. Photo by Jonathan Cutrer.

Concho Mermaid

Pearl of the Concho Mermaid by Jayne Charless Beck installed in 1994. Photo by Jonathan Cutrer.

Ama du Cap Ferrat mermaid statue.

Ama mermaid statue in Cap Ferrat, France. Photo courtesy of Amaryllis.

Syrenka Mermaid Statue in Warsaw.

The Syrenka Mermaid Statue from 1855 in Warsaw, Poland is the icon of the city.  Photo © by Hans Cornette.

There are of course many other examples – there are over 180 public art mermaid statues across the world, most of which are listed here.

By |September 13th, 2013|Public Mermaid Sculptures|0 Comments

New Book Commemorates the Original Little Mermaid Statue Centennial

This book commemorates the 100 year anniversary on August 23, 2013, of Copenhagen’s world-famous statue of The Little Mermaid from Hans Christian Andersen’s fairy tale from 1836.   (Read more about the Little Mermaid Statue)

The story is known all over the world, both in the Disney version and in the original fairy tale version.

The statue of the Little Mermaid in Copenhagen is an icon of Denmark and of copenhagen, visited by over a million people each year.  It is by far the most famous mermaid statue in the world, and there are official public art replicas of the statue in many countries.

This book is a new and exact translation of the original Danish story into contemporary English.   It includes historical photos and background information on the original author, the statue’s sponsor, the sculptor and the live model for the statue, and includes original illustrations.   Additionally it includes photos of the many replicas of the statue in surprising locations around the world.

Book: The Little Mermaid Commemorative Edition

Book: “The Little Mermaid” Commemorative Edition

The book is available in printed editions from the FriesenPress bookstore, from Amazon.com, Barnes & Noble and most book retailers.

Electronic versions are available for Kindle, kobo and Nook.

Some pages from the book:

Excerpt from The Little Mermaid, Commemorative Edition

Excerpt from The Little Mermaid, Commemorative Edition

Excerpt from The Little Mermaid, Commemorative Edition

Excerpt from The Little Mermaid, Commemorative Edition

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

More information here.

By |August 21st, 2013|Public Mermaid Sculptures|1 Comment

Ruth Asawa’s mermaid statues in Ghirardelli Square, San Francisco

Ghirardelli Square is located in the historic Fisherman’s Wharf area of San Francisco.  The centerpiece of the square is Andrea’s Fountain with statues of turtles, large frogs, two mermaids and a mermaid child.

Mermaid Sculptures in Ghirardelli Square

Mermaid Statues in Ghirardelli Square. Photo © by Tyson Villanueva.

The fountain was created in 1968 by Ruth Asawa, and has a varying water feature – at times quiet, at other times gently spraying water and sometimes splashing water over all the fountain elements.

Asawa was instrumental in creating the San Francisco School of the Arts (renamed in tribute to her in 2010 to Ruth Asawa San Francisco School of the Arts). She passed away on August 5, 2013 at the age of 87.

The plaque close by the fountain states:

Then-owner William Roth selected Ruth Asawa, well known for her abstract, wowen-wire sculptures, to design and create the centerpiece fountain for Ghirardelli Square. Although it was unveiled amid some controversy in 1968, Asawa’s objective was to make a sculpture that could be enjoyed by everyone. She spent one year thinking about the design and another year sculpting it from a live model and casting it in bronze.

Although landscape architect Lawrence Halprin attacked Asawa’s design of a nursing mermaid seated on sea turtles for not being a “serious” work, Asawa’s intentions were clear: “For the old it would bring back the fantasy of their childhood, and for the young it would give them something to remember when they grow old!

I wanted to make something related to the sea…I thought of all the children, and maybe even some adults, who would stand by the seashore waiting for a turtle or a mermaid to appear. As you look at the sculpture you include the Bay view which was saved for all of us, and you wonder what lies below that surface.”

The most photographed feature of Ghirardelli Square, the fountain was named in honor of Andrea Jepson, the woman who served as the model for the mermaid.

Mermaid Statues in Ghirardelli Square

Mermaid Statues in Ghirardelli Square. Photo © by Timothy Carroll.

Mermaid Statues in Ghirardelli Square

Mermaid Statues in Ghirardelli Square. Photo © by Timothy Carroll.

Mermaid Statues in Ghirardelli Square

Mermaid Statues in Ghirardelli Square. Photo © by Diana Jepsen.

See more at the Andrea’s Fountain page.

By |August 14th, 2013|Public Mermaid Sculptures|0 Comments

Redwoods Mermaid Statue in Crescent City

Crescent City lies on the coast in northern California just 10 miles or so south of the Oregon border. This is the area of Redwoods State Park and other parks with ancient and enormous Sequoia trees. It is also the area of the early pioneers of the art of chainsaw wood carving in the 1950s and 1960s.

The mermaid statue in Crescent City was created by chainsaw carving pioneer Ken Kaiser in 1994, and graces the Crescent City Harbor area.

Crescent City Mermaid Statue.

Crescent City Mermaid Statue. Photo © by Barb Jernigan.

Ken Kaiser made a name for himself in 1961 when he made 50 giant chainsaw carvings for the Trees of Mystery enterprise about 15 miles south of Crescent city. The art of chainsaw carving developed greatly in the 1960s and 1970s with many more people getting involved.

The mermaid statue in Crescent City is a fitting monument to both the city and the art of chainsaw wood carving.

More information and photos at the Crescent City Mermaid page.

By |August 11th, 2013|Public Mermaid Sculptures|0 Comments

Ventura’s Mermaid Statue at Soter Point

The Russian mermaid statue at Soter Point in Ventura, California was donated by Alec & Tatyana Benke to the city of Ventura in 2009, and placed at Soter Point in collaboration with Samuel Povar and Andy Soter.

Russian Mermaid at Soter Point

The Russian Mermaid statue at Soter Point, Ventura CA. Photo by Sunny Oberto.

Alec Benke and his wife Tatyana emigrated from Kazakhstan to the United States and the mermaid statue is a symbol of their love for their new country.

The statue stands on a base created by Alec. With the base, the sculpture reaches more than 20 feet into the air.  The mermaid sculpture is meant to be a water fountain, but there is as of 2013 no water yet – although it is planned.

Soter Point is part of the Ventura harbor area, and Andy Soter dedicated time and funds to renovating and beautifying this area in memory of his daughter.

Samuel Povar has been actively involved in a number of public-private art collaborations in Ventura, and was instrumental in making this project possible.

The mermaid statue at Soter Point is rapidly becoming a major attraction for tourists and also gaining fame as an example of public-private collaboration in beautifying a city.

The plaque at the base of the sculpture reads:

The Mermaid of Soter Point
A Public and Private Collaboration

This stunning landmark overlooking the Ventura Harbor
represents a trailblazing cooperative effort to beautify our
community through private citizens working with public agencies.
Andy Soter developed and landscaped the area in memory of his
daughter Andrea, a successful and much admired investment
manager. The mermaid sculpture and its foundation were donated
by Russian emigrants Alec and Tatyana Benke, as an expression of
love for their new country, America. Samuel Povar created the first
collaboration of this nature in 2007 as a tribute to his late wife
Orianna and worked tirelessly to make this Marina Park project
a reality. And, the Ventura City Council and the Coastal Commission
gave their enthusiastic blessing. Now Povar, Soter, and Benke,
all Ventura residents, hope to inspire others to use private capital
along with public cooperation and support…to envision
something beautiful and make it happen.

I sat upon a promontory,
And heard a mermaid, on a dolphin’s back,
Uttering such dulcet and harmonious breath,
That the rude sea grew civil at her song;
And certain stars shot madly from their spheres,
To hear the sea-maid’s music.
                    – William Shakespeare, A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Mermaid of Soter Point

The Russian Mermaid of Soter Point in Ventura, CA. Notice the detail by the eye. Photo by Sunny Oberto.

Mermaid of Soter Point

The Russian Mermaid of Soter Point in Ventura, CA. Photo by Sunny Oberto.

Many thanks to Samuel Povar for details on this project, and to Sunny Oberto for many stunning photos.

See more photos at the Soter Point Mermaid page.

By |August 5th, 2013|Public Mermaid Sculptures|0 Comments

The Little Mermaid Centennial Commemorative 2014 Calendar

The Little Mermaid Statue in Copenhagen is 100 years old in August 23, 2013.

There will be traditional celebrations of her birthday on August 23rd in the afternoon and evening.  My wife and I are attending, and we would love to see you there as well, if possible.

Also, the Centennial Commemorative calendar is now printed and available.


The Little Mermaid Centennial Calendar

The Little Mermaid Centennial Calendar

The calendars are printed on 13 sheets card stock, 8.5 x 11 inches, with spiral wire binding.

It has spectacular photos of the original Little Mermaid Statue in Copenhagen and 12 other copies of this statue all over the world, in locations such as Romania, China, Denmark, the United States, the Virgin Islands, Brazil and Spain.

Here are photos of the back and of the July page opened up.

Back Cover The Little Mermaid Centennial Wall Calendar

Back Cover The Little Mermaid Centennial Wall Calendar

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By |August 4th, 2013|Public Mermaid Sculptures|0 Comments

July 4th’s Mermaid Statue in Cavalaire on the Côte d’Azur

The town of Cavalaire-sur-Mer on the French Riviera has a history reaching back to Phoenician times.   Today it is a busy beach town with a sizable harbor for all kinds of leisure sailing vessels.   A mermaid statue was unveiled here on July 4th 2013.  It is fitting in many ways, not least because the history or mythology of mermaids traces back to the Phoenicians and ancient Syrians and their goddess Atargatis, the earliest mermaid legend we know of.

Ama Cavalaire mermaid statue

Ama Cavalaire mermaid statue with sculptor Amaryllis.  Photo © by Amaryllis

She was sculpted by Amaryllis, and was placed here as part of the Amaryllis Art for Charity project, which aims to place about 100 of these statues in prominent and beautiful locations near water, with the goal of raising funds for local charities and promoting the message of this sculpture. The project was created by Thomas Noor, using the Ama statue created by Amaryllis.

There are unique touches to each of the statues, such as the patina chosen, the inscription with the name and the coordinates, and the item at at Ama’s feet, which often is a flower or a sea animal, or something representative of the location.

As to the message of the sculpture, I asked Amaryllis what the statue represents.   In her own words:

She left her underwater world to connect with mankind and alert us that we are damaging her environment.  She wants to explain that water is the cradle of life, the ultimate necessity to assure humanity’s own existence.  As she arrives on more and more shorelines, it is our belief that she will gain a louder voice and will help make the point that we must respect her home.

It is a great message.   It is a message of ocean conservation that is supported and furthered by many people involved with mermaids, whether as art, as a profession or as a city icon

See more photos and information on the Ama Cavalaire page.

By |July 14th, 2013|Public Mermaid Sculptures|0 Comments

Manatees and mermaids – this is actually amazing

You may have heard the story that Manatees are the original inspiration for mermaids.

In my opinion this doesn’t sound likely, but nonetheless, this is an awfully cute collection of manatees.

http://www.buzzfeed.com/chelseamarshall/mantees-living-proof-that-mermaids-are-real-and-beautiful

By |June 27th, 2013|Public Mermaid Sculptures|0 Comments

The Ghislini Sisters Mermaid Statues on Ponte delle Sirenetti

The small Ponte delle Sirenette (Bridge of Mermaids) by Italian engineer Francesco Tettamanzi was inaugurated on June 23rd in 1842 on the Naviglio della Martesana (Martesan Canal) on the San Damiano road (now called via Visconti di Modrone) in Milano (map).   It was moved to the heart of Parco Sempione in 1930 as part of a larger preservation effort.  map

Ponte delle Sirenette.

Ponte delle Sirenette. Photo © by Michele Fini.

Originally installed as a bridge across the canal, the Ponte delle Sirenette was part of the city life until it was moved into the park.    It features in literature and novels – one can see how it could lend itself to intrigue, mystery and romance in its original location.

Ponte delle Sirenette Ponte delle Sirenette, notturna

Ponte delle Sirenette il ponte delle Sirenette in via Visconti di Modrone

In the new location, just over a mile from the original location, the Bridge of Mermaids is under a canopy of trees and spans a narrow section of lake inside the park.  It is a beautiful setting for the bridge and its four mermaid statues, known as the Ghislini Sisters.   After 170 years of watching life in Milano, they must have some stories to tell.

With a flair for romance and an appreciation of bygone times, this scene was observed on the Bridge in recent times.

Ponte delle Sirenette

Old-fashioned romance on the Ponte delle Sirenette. Photo © by Matilde Lamperti

See more photos and video on the Ponte delle Sirenette page.

By |June 21st, 2013|Public Mermaid Sculptures|0 Comments

Mermaid statue in Èze complements the natural beauty of this scenic location

The town of Èze in the south of France goes back in time about 4000 years.   It is no wonder – the environmental beauty of this area and its views of the Mediterranean Sea are fabulous.  Èze is one of the key tourist attractions on the French Riviera, and is famous for its beauty and charm, and its many shops, art galleries, hotels and restaurants.  The mermaid statue Ama d’Èze fits in perfectly.

Ama d'Eze Mermaid Statue

Ama d’Eze Mermaid Statue. Photo courtesy of Amaryllis.

She is the creation of Amaryllis, and was placed here as part of the Amaryllis Art for Charity project.   The plan is to eventually place about 100 of these statues in prominent and beautiful locations near water, with the aims of raising funds for local charities and promoting the message of this sculpture.

The project was created by Thomas Noor, using the Ama statue created by Amaryllis.

There are unique touches to each of the statues, such as the patina chosen, the inscription with the name and the coordinates, and the item at at Ama’s feet, which often is a flower or a sea animal, or something representative of the location.

As to the message of the sculpture, I asked Amaryllis what the statue represents.   In her own words:

She left her underwater world to connect with mankind and alert us that we are damaging her environment.  She wants to explain that water is the cradle of life, the ultimate necessity to assure humanity’s own existence.  As she arrives on more and more shorelines, it is our belief that she will gain a louder voice and will help make the point that we must respect her home.

It is a great message.   It is a message of ocean conservation that is supported and furthered by many people involved with mermaids, whether as art, as a profession or as a city icon

For more photos and information, see the Ama d’Èze page.

By |June 20th, 2013|Public Mermaid Sculptures|0 Comments

Brazil’s Sereia da Barra Velha mermaid statue

In the south of Brazil you will find an unusual mermaid statue in the coastal town of Barra Velha.

Mermaid statue in Barra Velha

More information is needed on this mermaid, as to when it was created and who the artist was, and what the background story is that may have inspired the statue.

The statue holds a giant clamshell, and can often be seen with items offered in the shell.

See more photos and information on the Sereia da Barra Velha page.

By |June 16th, 2013|Public Mermaid Sculptures|0 Comments

England gets its first Ama Mermaid Statue, on the Thames in Henley

As covered by both BBC News and the Henley Standard, a bronze mermaid statue was unveiled on June 6 2013 in Henley-on-Thames, on the Red Lion lawn next to the Henley Bridge.  map

Photos of the unveiling and of the statue are not yet available, but will be soon.   The statue is part of the Amaryllis Art for Charity project, and the statue is almost identical to this one in Cap Ferrat, France.

Ama du Cap Ferrat mermaid statue.

Ama du Cap Ferrat mermaid statue. Photo courtesy of Amaryllis.

These mermaid statues are the creation of Amaryllis, and the plan is to eventually place about 100 of these statues in prominent and beautiful locations near water, with the aims of raising funds for charities and promoting the message of this sculpture.

The project was created by Thomas Noor, using the Ama statue created by Amaryllis.

There are unique touches to each of the statues, such as the patina chosen, the inscription with the name and the coordinates, and the item at at Ama’s feet, which often is a flower or a sea animal, or something representative of the location.

As to the message of the sculpture, I asked Amaryllis what the statue represents.   In her own words:

She left her underwater world to connect with mankind and alert us that we are damaging her environment.  She wants to explain that water is the cradle of life, the ultimate necessity to assure humanity’s own existence.  As she arrives on more and more shorelines, it is our belief that she will gain a louder voice and will help make the point that we must respect her home.

It is a great message.   It is a message of ocean conservation that is supported and furthered by many people involved with mermaids, whether as art, as a profession or as a city icon

The web page for the Ama-on-Thames sculpture will contain updated information and photos as they become available.

By |June 10th, 2013|Public Mermaid Sculptures|1 Comment

Mermaid Statues of Earth 2014 Calendar

The 2014 Mermaid Statues calendars are now printed and available.


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The calendars are printed on 13 sheets card stock, 8.5 x 11 inches, with spiral wire binding.

This year’s calendar has mermaid statues from Spain, Scotland, England, Mexico, Turkey, Norway, Denmark, Germany, USA and Greece.

Here are photos of the front and the February page opened up.

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By |June 2nd, 2013|Public Mermaid Sculptures|0 Comments

The Sequel to Mermaids: The Body Found

ScreenHunter_325 May. 25 19.14Last year’s Animal Planet special on mermaids, called Mermaids: The Body Found, was immensely popular, and resulted in a lot of people asking  themselves – and others – whether mermaids are real.   It actually was asked so often that the US government felt compelled to issue a statement to the effect that there is no evidence of mermaids.

Tomorrow Animal Planet airs the show again, followed by a new show with additional ‘evidence’.

Here is an excellent  interview with the producer.

Also, there was an excellent article a couple days ago about this upcoming show and its context in terms of ocean conservation, by Brenda Peterson.

Now we are all holding our breath waiting for the new show.

By |May 25th, 2013|Public Mermaid Sculptures|0 Comments

AMA Mayfield Mermaid Statue unveiled May 14 in Seoul.

On May 14th 2013 the latest Ama Mermaid Statue was unveiled at the Mayfield Hotel in Seoul.  map

AMA Mermaid Statue, Mayfield Hotel, Seoul

AMA Mermaid Statue with Thomas and Maria Noor, Mayfield Hotel, Seoul

She was created by french sculptor Amaryllis. With the Ama statue sculpted by Amaryllis, the Amaryllis Art for Charity project was created by Thomas Noor. Through this project these statues are placed in prominent and beautiful locations near the ocean, and are for sale with approximately one third of the sales price going to a local charity.

There are unique touches to each of the statues, such as the patina chosen, the inscription with the name and the coordinates, and in some cases a unique item at Ama’s feet.

Amaryllis said of the statue:

She left her underwater world to connect with mankind and alert us that we are damaging her environment.  She wants to explain that water is the cradle of life, the ultimate necessity to assure humanity’s own existence.  As she arrives on more and more shorelines, it is our belief that she will gain a louder voice and will help make the point that we must respect her home.

It is a message of preservation that is shared by mermaid enthusiasts all over the world.

See more photos and information on the AMA Mayfield page.

By |May 24th, 2013|Public Mermaid Sculptures|0 Comments