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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.

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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

The Black Diamond Mermaid Statue in Copenhagen

About 2 miles from the world-famous statue of The Little Mermaid in Copenhagen’s Langelinie Park is another mermaid statue.

The Smaller Mermaid Statue

The Smaller Mermaid Statue. Photo © Sigfrid Lundberg – CC BY-SA.

This bronze mermaid statue was unveiled on May 5th in 2009 by the Royal Library on the wharf in front of the Royal Library building, known as The Black Diamond (Den Sorte Diamant).

Even though installed in 2009, the statue was created by sculptor Anna Marie Carl-Nielsen in 1921, just eight years after Edvard Eriksen created the statue of The Little Mermaid.   It was originally exhibited at  The Free Exhibition (Den Frie Udstilling) in Copenhagen.

The original white plaster cast exists today at Funen Art Museum (Fyns Kunstmuseum), and as a bronze cast which Statens Museum for Kunst (the Danish National Gallery) bought from the artist for 4500 kroner after the exhibition in 1922.

See more photos and information on the Black Diamond Mermaid Statue page.

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

Cate Vail – Mermaid Photographer

Cate Vail has made a profession and career of mermaid photography.  It all started with visiting a museum with a large mermaid statue in New Jersey.  I asked Cate to a write about it here on the Mermaids of Earth blog:

by Cate Vail

Beginnings:
Cate with Grandmother and Mermaid.

Cate with Grandmother and Mermaid.

Mermaids have always been a part of my life. As a child, growing up on the East Coast of New Jersey, one of my earliest memories was visiting a museum that had a huge mermaid statue at the entrance.

I remember being amazed by that, and asking the grown ups in my life, if mermaids were real. I was told that they were imaginary, a lot like fairies, only they lived in the sea.

My grandmother bought me the Hans Christian Andersen classic, “The Little Mermaid”, a book that stood the test of time, for not only was it my favorite bedtime story, but it was also a pivotal pictorial outlet that influenced my creative artwork.

I began to draw mermaids, first as sketches, than graduated to painting them in art classes at school. I used to wrap my Barbie dolls in tin foil with the shape of a mermaid tail. I played with them in the bathtub, and even cut their hair, because of the story. I also played mermaid dress up with my sisters, and re-enacted the scenes from the book. I had my own mermaid tail that mom helped me make, and day-dreamed about becoming a real mermaid.

Swimming, building sand castles, beach scavenging were activities very enjoyable to me, and still are.

My family moved to Victoria, BC, Canada after my father started a new job as a Political Science teacher at University of Victoria. We lived in a house near the ocean, and I didn’t know it at the time, but Victoria is considered to be the “Mermaid Capital of Canada”.  Mermaid inspired statues, artwork, stores, and island living were the backdrop to my further exploration of mermaids.

Local folklore in Victoria rumored actual sightings of mermaids in the late 1960’s, and early 1970’s. News clippings from that era document several sightings up and along the coastlines, bays, and inlets of Vancouver Island, BC. Many stories were told about the probable existence of a pod of mermaid creatures that were actually photographed by local fishermen. This was all very dramatic for me, as I spent many years reading novels, researching mermaids, and other mythological creatures.

I was beginning to believe that they truly must exist. I spent a huge amount of time at a beach, Cadboro Bay, which was walking distance from my house. By the time I was 10; I had my own Polaroid camera, and became very interested in photography. I knew that if I could get an actual picture of a mermaid, people would have to believe. I never did get to capture a mermaid on film, but I sure thought they were still out there somewhere. I used to swim with a huge log to keep me afloat, in search of mermaids, ever watchful, but to no avail.

As I grew, my teenage years interrupted the fanciful daydreams of mermaids.  High school brought new challenges, new friends, and an insistence on fact and reality. Scientific method was learned, mathematical probability, and statistics. Mermaids didn’t quite fit within that realm, so I put mermaids aside and focused on being a teenager. I had an exciting teenage life full of wonderful experiences that I credit to having both parents as school teachers.

My photography was becoming increasingly important as an outlet for my creative natural personality. I even took the photographs for my high school yearbook, and was co-editor of the yearbook my graduation year. My father and mother both encouraged participation in the arts, but it was my mother who inspired me to study art and humanities in college.

“Splash” and Photography

Daryl-Hannah-as-Madison-in-the-film-Splash-1984Mermaids became an important pastime in my little daughter’s life, not unlike her mother; she had quite the penchant for the story, “The Little Mermaid”. However, Disney made the popular classic into a cartoon movie, and commercialism being what it is, came out with dolls, figurines, and all kinds of memorabilia that circled the globe making “Ariel”, an iconic figure in mainstream American culture.

We collected “mermaidabilia”, and had an epic moment. The actual Ariel character from Disney visited Tacoma Mall in the early 1990’s, and we were part of that event. My husband’s mall that he managed sponsored the event, and I took pictures of my daughter and her friends meeting mermaid Ariel. Samantha even had the opportunity of sitting on her lap, having her “Little Mermaid” jersey signed by the illustrious mermaid at the opening ceremonies.

The movie, “Splash”, starring Daryl Hanna, and Tom Hanks came out in full glory in 1984. I saw it on the big screen at the theatre, and purchased the movie for my VCR when it came out later. The realistic mermaid tail was incredible looking. I really enjoy this particular film for its comedic tale, and the underwater photographic scenes that are vibrantly unforgettable for mermaid enthusiasts.  The mermaid bath tub scene is my favorite part of the movie. Most of my photography during this timeframe was landscape, nature, and children, for; I was a mother of 3 growing young children and documented their every movement.

My career as an assistant buyer for Allied Department stores aided my abilities, and lead to an exciting position in advertising where I was trained to photograph product, learned branding (before it was called that), and how to network in my field. Photography of jewelry displays, and accessories for major ad campaigns became my specialty, and I settled into writing ad copy for 40+ stores.

It was not until what I term, a “happy accident”, that I even thought of mermaids again. I had photographed a model wearing a long wool blend scarf by Vittadini for a bill insert mailer. The scarf was a beautiful bold purple, with lilac embellishments on the ends. The scarf had been wrapped around the model’s legs, and upper torso. In the development process, somehow the negative had been damaged, and the resulting prints were unusable because of blurring. The blurred image reminded me of a mermaid tail, so without knowing it, I had taken my first mermaid photo totally by accident. Little did I know that in the future I would be photographing mermaids, and meeting some famous mermaids from around the globe.

Desert Mermaids / Sirens Photography

Many people have said, “Do what you love with a passion, and everything else will fall into place”; I attest that is absolutely true. My first mermaid photo shoot in Nevada actually wasn’t even my idea. A local model that I was working with wanted to do a fantasy character photo shoot for her portfolio. Her grandmother designed for her a goldfish looking mermaid tail, and she asked me to photograph her. I networked with another photographer that knew a few models, and we all decided to make it a group mermaid photo shoot.

Mermaids among us

South Lake Tahoe has a beautiful place called Zephyr Cove that looks like an ocean coastline with its giant monolith rocks, spurs, blue water, and sandy beach front. The first shoot was done there, with a barbeque, and camp out at the adjoining campsites near the lake. It was such a magical looking scene with mermaids perched on rocks, and the beautiful sunset bursting through the sky. Onlookers had quite a treat that day at Tahoe. It’s not everyday that you see mermaids, especially at Lake Tahoe.

Betty JoMy photographs were noticed by a mermaid tail vendor, Jerilyn Winstead, an entrepreneurial guru that had started her own business a few years prior to our actual meeting. Her company, Aquatails, is a mermaid tail, and accessories based business that designs tails for all ages, not just children. Her website wanted to feature my work, so I agreed, and pretty soon I was photographing for Aquatails as a regular team member. I purchased many of the tails, and began looking for models to wear new tail designs that Jerilyn had designed.

I found many women, children, and men that were interested in posing in a mermaid tail for websites, and for an international mermaid magazine, “ Mermaids and Mythology”.  I have a growing collection of mermaid tails and love to make that transition into Mermaid Cate at each photo shoot.  I encourage all the models to come up with alter-mer ego names: ( Aqualina, Mermaid Aura, Coralina, etc…)

Cate Mermaid Birthday PartyI met other mermaid photographers that had their own business models, and soon devised my own, “Sirens Photography”. I specialize in mermaid fantasy driven photos shoots and frequently use the beauty of Lake Tahoe as my backdrop. I am also an event photographer and take photos of celebrities, concerts, red carpets, and special events in Reno, Tahoe, Las Vegas, and Florida.

Last year I had the opportunity to combine both while attending the First Annual Merpalooza Mermaid Convention in Orlando, Florida. I photographed famous mermaids like, Hanna Fraser, Medusa Marina the Fire Eating Mermaid, Maui Merman, Thom Shouse (the designer of the Splash Mermaid tail for the movie, Splash), Eric Ducharme, the Mertailor, Traci Hines, ( The Little Mermaid Ariel) and many more. I am now very well known for my mermaid photography, and my mermaid persona. I have quite a following on facebook, and know many mermaid enthusiasts, designers, and merfolk from around the globe.

mermaids heart us

In April 2013, I was interviewed by Channel 2 News Neda Iranpour about Sirens Photography and my book, Mermaids Among Us, and my calendars that I put out seasonally. I have additionally been interviewed on Spreecast programs, Orlando Sentinel News for Merpalooza (video segment), and my work was shown on “The Today Show” (AquaTails segment with Jerilyn Winstead). Just recently I was interviewed on a popular weekly radio talk show in Reno, Nevada as a guest speaker for “Integrity Casting Call on Broadview 101.3 FM Talk Radio.

Mermaids are definitely a trending pop culture phenomena that I think will hold fast and strong for many years to come. Many people ask me why Mermaids have become such a trend to which I must say…. “It’s a voice, a movement if you will both ecologically based , and psychologically a pursuit of transformation, a becoming of one with the sea environment through conservation efforts.”( Cate Vail, 2013).

Many famous mermaids have joined causes, or are the founders of charitable organizations to better the plight of marine animals that coexist on the planet. I believe that the duality of the mermaid: half human, half fish symbolizes our stewardship and accountability with the planet.  Hannah Fraser is one mermaid who agrees with me:

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Just recently, Feb, 2013, Hanna Fraser made a video about Manta Rays with Blue Sphere Media: “Manta Ray of Hope Campaign” . The video captures the beauty and intimacy of an encounter with manta rays, a dwindling, and threatened species that are being slaughtered for their gills for medicinal tonics in China and Asia.  There are many other examples of mermaids stepping up, and embracing a cause to bring awareness, and activism with positive results.

As I watch the transformation of the people that become mermaids for Sirens Photography, I often feel their soul. The gap between the inner and outer crumbles, and a calming, yet regal personality emerges. Being an empath, I’m highly aware to that change in each person. I’ve seen some  transformations that mimicked Divine intervention. A couple that was getting engaged did a romantic photo shoot with me a couple of years ago in South Lake Tahoe.  Billowy clouds in the background formed a perfect heart shape right behind them.  I photographed the mermaids as they sat, hugging and kissing, unaware that the clouds mirrored their love for each other.

I highly encourage my clients to step into character, become a mermaid in the true sense of the word; interact with the flora and fauna of the place, embrace the beauty of nature around them. Anyone who has ever wanted to break out of the mold of a restricted, conventional life will find “Mermaids Among Us” an Epiphany of delight.

Our motto is :”Always Be Yourself, but If You Can Be A Mermaid Than Always Be A Mermaid.”

I coined the phrase, “ Mermaids Among Us”, as the title of my work, but it also has meaning beyond that for me personally. Through a curios turn of events, my search for mermaids as a child was not in vain, for they have found me; and live among us.

I have heard the mermaids singing each to each
I don’t think they will sing to me.
We have lingered in the chambers of the sea
By sea-girls wreathed with seaweed red and brown
Till human voices wake us and we drown

She then began to sing, so I could not,
except with pain, have drawn my eyes away.
‘I am’ she sang, ‘I am the lovely siren’
So full of pleasure to ear my tune
that mariners I magic in mid-ocean
And Ulysses, entranced to hear my song,
I turned off course. Rarely do those who’ve learned
my ways depart. I bring them full content.

– T.S. Elliot

 

By |May 11th, 2013|Public Mermaid Sculptures|1 Comment

Mermaid statues in Brazil

About 10 miles north of Maceió in Brazil is a section of beach called Praia de Sereia (Memaid Beach).   This unusual mermaid statue is located on a small reef just off the shore.  map

Praia de Sereia Mermaid Sculpture

Praia de Sereia Mermaid Statue – and fisherman. Photo © by Benicio Monte.

At times the reef is completely submerged, and at low tide it is accessible on foot.

Praia de Sereia wooden Mermaid

Wooden Mermaid Statue

There is a much rougher and probably much older mermaid statue of wood a few miles south of this location.

Whether the beach is named after the mermaid statue or whether there is an earlier inspiration for naming the beach after a mermaid is unknown at this point.   If you know of any stories or legends relating to this, please let me know.

The beach and the mermaid statue are both popular with tourists.

More information and images on this mermaid are found on this mermaid statue page.

These statues join the list of mermaid statues in Brazil, which already includes:

The Little Mermaid - replica at Brazil's Navy HQ

The Belém Mermaid Fountain.

The replica of Denmark’s The Little Mermaid in Brasilia, at Brazil’s Navy Headquarters, donated by friends in Denmark in appreciation of the Brazilian navy courtesies when visiting Denmark.

Then there is the mermaid fountain in Belém, which was imported from Europe in the late 1800’s, and a heritage from the city’s Belle Époque.

Mermaid Monument on Mermaid Beach

The mermaid statue at Sugarloaf Mountain in Rio De Janeiro

There is also a mermaid monument on another beach near Espirito Santo in the south of Brazil.  This beach is also called Praia de Sereia.   There just has to be some history behind these mermaid beaches…

Finally there is a much more modern and abstract mermaid statue at the top of Sugar Loaf Mountain in Rio de Janeiro.

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

Mermaid Statues in Italy – Part 1

It is time to get some of the mermaid statues in Italy properly represented and shown on Mermaids of Earth.   There are at least seven locations in Italy with mermaid statues, and I suspect we’ll find quite a few more.

We’ll start with the small city of Senigallia on the north-east coast of Italy, which has its own ‘little mermaid’ statue. She is found at the end of the pier at Porto di Levante, Senigallia’s harbor.

Penelope of Senigallia mermaid statue

Penelope of Senigallia. Photo © CC by Giovanni Barbieri

The statue is known as Penelope of Senigallia, but is also popularly referred to as ‘the little mermaid of Senigallia’, by comparison with Copenhagen’s famous mermaid statue by Edvard Eriksen, representing The Little Mermaid in Hans Christian Andersen’s fairy tale.

Although Penelope is not really a mermaid, one could easily be forgiven for assuming that she is, apparently emerging from water at the end of the pier.

Just as The Little Mermaid is a symbol of Denmark and Copenhagen, Penelope has become a symbol of Senigallia. The statue was created by Gianni Guerro and was inaugurated as his gift to the city on July 2004. She represents Penelope (wife of Homer’s Odysseus), who longs for and waits for her husband’s return for 20 years. By extension, the statue represents all lovers who are separated and waiting for the other’s return.

The inscription by the statue reads:

Chiunque Tu sia    ovunque Tu vada    la Tua Penelope    sia sempre con Te     Gianni Guerra    3 luglio 1994

Whoever you are    wherever you go    your Penelope    is always with you     Gianni Guerro    3 July 1994

As a symbol of undying love, the pier with the statue of Penelope is a very popular spot for weddings. Also, there are numerous chains with padlocks around Penelope, fastened here by couples in love – some of whom surely will come back here for their weddings.

 

See the official page for more photos and information.

And stay tuned for more mermaid statues from Italy!

By |May 7th, 2013|Public Mermaid Sculptures|2 Comments

Ecuador’s Rio Verde Mermaid Statue

The small town of Rio Verde is set in absolutely gorgeous and stunning beauty, with lush green mountains, roaring waterfalls and converging rivers.   In a lagoon near the Cascade Pailón del Diablo (Devil’s Waterfall) sits a white mermaid on a rock.

Rio Verde Mermaid

Rio Verde Mermaid

This is all pretty much in the center of Ecuador, in an area well known for its natural beauty, exciting hiking and biking trails, a (mostly) slumbering volcano, and of course the many impressive waterfalls on the rivers, which eventually feed into the Amazon.

The rivers are rocky and have strong currents, but the mermaid statue is located in a quiet lagoon, and is one of the attractions for tourists renting small watercraft here.

Scouts are currently out looking for additional photos and more information on this mermaid. If you find yourself in Ecuador near Baños or Rio Verde, bring a camera!

More info on the official page for the Rio Verde mermaid statue.

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

Bronze Mermaid Statue ‘Ama du Parc’ in Weinheim, Germany

On the edge of the mountains in Schlosspark (Castle Park) in Weinheim, Germany, you will find one of the Ama mermaid statues by Amaryllis, placed here through the Amaryllis Art for Charity project.

Ama du Parc mermaid sculpture

Ama du Parc mermaid statue. Photo courtesy of Amaryllis.

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

More photos and information are available on the Ama du Parc page.

By |May 4th, 2013|Public Mermaid Sculptures|1 Comment

A Little Mermaid on a Rock in Shenzhen

An update was done to the page about the mermaid statue in Window on the World in Shenzhen, China.  Several excellent photos have been added, including this fabulous photo by Maria N. from Russia.

The Little Mermaid in Shenzhen

The Little Mermaid in Shenzhen. Photo © by Maria N.

Shenzhen is just north of Hong Kong, and Window on the World is a park with replicas of over 130 famous building, monuments and statues from across the world.

This near-replica of Edvard Eriksen’s mermaid statue was made part of Windows on the World when it was built about 1994.

See more photos and information at the Shenzhen Little Mermaid Statue page.

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

The Lorelei Statue in the Rhine Valley, Germany

The statue of Lorelei sits on a narrow strip of land reaching just over half a mile into the Rhine river from the east bank.  map

The Lorelei mermaid sculpture

The Lorelei statue. Photo © by Marcus Scholz.

Technically Lorelei is probably a water-sprite or a siren more than a mermaid, but the distinctions are somewhat blurry, so I decided to include her here on Mermaids of Earth.   There are a number of Lorelei legends, but in essence it has to do with the dangers of the river in this location, and the murmur made by the river as it sweeps around the 400′ high Lorelei rock formation (in the left background in the photo above).

This is one of the narrowest parts of the Rhine river, and the very strong currents and underground rocks in this section of the river have caused many maritime accidents.  The name Lorelei comes from Old German and Celtic, and means ‘murmuring rock’.   In German literature this gave rise to stories of Lore Lay, a beautiful maiden betrayed by her sweetheart.  Lore Lay falls – or jumps – off the Lorelei Rock.  It is said her voice can still be heard in the murmurs of the river and the rock, and that Lore Lay at times distracts sailors with her voice and her beauty, causing them to have accidents.

The basic story is extremely well known in Germany, and has inspired and become part of ballads, poems, music and songs, as well as operas.  And of course there is the Lorelei statue shown here, as well as the Lorelei Fountain in The Bronx, New York.

The 16′ Lorelei statue was created in bronze by Natascha Alexandrova in 1983, and has become a tourist attraction itself.   The setting is fabulous – the Rhine Valley containing this section of the river – and the Lorelei rock and statue – has exceptional environmental beauty, and has been an immensely popular vacation and tourist location for a very long time.

The Lorelei Statue

The Lorelei Statue. Photo © by Bruce Greig.

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By |April 23rd, 2013|Public Mermaid Sculptures|0 Comments

Ange des Mers – Angel of the Seas

The Ange de Mers (Angel of the Seas) by Amaryllis is a fabulous statue that is part manta ray and part woman.  map

Angel of the Seas mermaid statue

Angel of the Seas. Sculpture and photo © by Amaryllis.

Originally exhibited as part of the grand opening of the Metropole Hotel in Monte Carlo, she was subsequently exhibited in Galerie Robin Ledouze in Paris.

A replica of the sculpture is normally exhibited at the Monte Carlo Yacht Club, although currently the Yacht Club is under renovation.  Until this is completed, the statue is installed in a nearby park.

As many of the sculptures by Amaryllis, l’Ange des Mers is a bold and unique interpretation of the mermaid concept, and a wonderful addition to the mermaid statues of the world.

“She is part woman, and part manta ray.   She symbolizes our origin, and our connection to the sea as the Mother of Life, the cradle of life on our world.    Like my other statues, she carries a message of preservation and harmony with life in our oceans.”       – Amaryllis

Amaryllis has subsequently sculpted other works of art with a similar message, including the mermaid statue ‘Atlante’ which was installed in the port of Cannes in 2000, and the Ama mermaid statues which are part of Amaryllis Art for Charity.

AngeDesMers

AngeDesMers

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

New images for the St. Anna mermaid statue in Rheinfelden

New images have been added for this very unusual, stunningly austere and impressive mermaid statue in Rheinfelden, a town which straddles the border of Germany and Switzerland.  ( map )

Rheinfelden Mermaid

The St. Anna mermaid statue in Rheinfelden. Photo © CC-3.0 by Pierre Likissas

Notice the mermaid’s razor-back fin on her back, webbed hands and almost human legs that end in large fins.   She has rescued a drowning human girl, overcome by the fierce currents of the Rhine river in this location.

The sculpture was created  in 2007 by Roland Kistner, and is based on one of the legends of the St. Anna Hole, a deep cavern in the bed of the Rhine River by the Old Rhine Bridge.   One of the legends has it that when the town was attacked by the Huns some centuries ago, the townspeople tossed all their valuables into the river to foil the plunderers.   In revenge the Huns threw the Lady Anna of the castle into the deep part of the river.  Where exactly the mermaid comes into play is unclear….

Nevertheless, the mermaid statue reflects the features a mermaid would likely have to possess to survive in this section of the Rhine.   The currents can be extremely strong, especially when there are flood waters.   The St. Anna Hole in the riverbed creates additional turbulence and unusual currents, which over the years have surprised many swimmers, at times with fatal results.

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

Luxembourg commissions Melusine Mermaid Statue

MelusineIt has been reported that the City of Luxembourg (which is not just a city, but a country in its own right) has commissioned a mermaid statue for its 1050th anniversary.

A well-known legend has it that Melusine was the wife of Count Siegfried, who founded Luxembourg in 963 with the acquisition of Luxembourg Castle. So a mermaid statue of Melusine is a splendid idea.

The Melusine legend exists in a number of versions across Europe, with similar elements.  Essentially Melusine marries, but with the stipulation that once a week she must have absolute privacy.   She turns into a mermaid every Saturday, and spends the time in a bathtub in complete privacy.   One day, her husband can no longer contain his curiosity and spies on his wife while she is bathing, and sees her as a mermaid.  At this point, she vanishes forever, although she is occasionally seen in the river.

There is a famous statue in Baden (Austria), in the Undine fountain, based on the story of Undine by  Friedrich de la Motte Fouqué.   This story in turn is based partly on the Melusine legend.

I will report more on the Luxembourg statue as data becomes available.

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

Interview with a Mermaid – in the Huffington Post

Noted authors Carolyn Turgeon and Brenda Peterson interview each other.  Both have novels with mermaids as their main characters.

Read the article here.

By |April 17th, 2013|Public Mermaid Sculptures|0 Comments

Linda Wolbert, Pro Mermaid and Ocean Conservationist

MIMHere is another interesting article on someone becoming a professional mermaid, with a passion for ocean conservation.

The IBTimes on Linden Wolbert

Linden’s website

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