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Train music video features mermaids on Hawaii

Pat Monahan and the group Train released a new mermaid music video shot on Oahu.   “Mermaid” is worth both a listen and a look.

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

Amaryllis – artist, sculptor, mermaid, conservationist

Ama and Atlante

Amaryllis sculpting ‘Atlante’

Amaryllis Bataille

was educated at École des Beaux-Arts in France, and is an accomplished and well-known sculptor, particularly in subjects involving the sea and ocean conservation.  Her passion for preserving nature and in particular our oceans shines through in her stunningly beautiful works of art – which may soon be coming to a place near you.

Amaryllis

Named for the beautiful Amaryllis flower, she was nicknamed Ama.  She one day learned that ‘ama‘ is a Japanese word for women of the sea – the Japanese ama have a rich tradition of diving for pearls and other treasures of the sea, similar to the haenyo divers in South Korea.

Amaryllis developed a passion for mythology and legends pertaining to our oceans, and has been a mermaid enthusiast since her childhood.

A recurring theme in her art is our connection to the sea as the origin of life, and the message that we need to preserve this cradle of life, both for ourselves and for the many endangered species.

While in Las Vegas recently, Amaryllis very graciously gave me an interview for Mermaids of Earth.

Amaryllis with AMA

Amaryllis with ‘AMA’

What inspires you as an artist?

“I have been fascinated with the marine world since I was a child, and became interested in mythology and legends of the oceans.   These are a rich source of inspiration for me, and inspire the magical, the mysterious and the fantastical.

Also, I am as an artist part of the “Generation Grand Bleu” – those of us who were caught up in the world of diving and our connection with the oceans as portrayed in the 1988 film Le Grand Bleu”.   I was fortunate to know and dive with Jacques Mayol, who inspired a generation in France and he was a huge inspiration for me. Jacques introduced me to dolphins, and this contributed directly to the development of my art.”

How do mermaids fit into this?

“Mermaids are part of mythology going back thousands of years, and they fascinated me from the beginning.   As a girl I wanted to be a mermaid, and I did many drawings and paintings of them.  There is romance and magic, beauty and elegance.   They inhabit a world filled with fantastic creatures of almost infinite variety, and it is a world we as humans are endangering.

“The mermaids are in a sense the protectors of the marine world, and they can carry a message that will be heard – a message to protect the oceans and preserve the endangered species.”

Atlante is your fabulous life-size bronze mermaid statue in Cannes, on the French Riviera.  How did she come to be there?

~Amaryllis

‘Atlante’ in Port Canto, Cannes

“Atlante was placed in Cannes in the year 2000.  She is a mermaid who has come to us out of the sea at the turn of the century.  She considers the losses of the last century and looks into the new century.   She is strong and brave, and determined to face the coming storms and to help us undo the damage caused by the poisoning of the oceans and the senseless hunting that threatens many marine species.   She is the only sculpture to have been allowed in the waters of the port of Cannes.

“Like most of my mermaids she has legs, and is not the usual mermaid with a tail (or two).   She is out of the water and is adapted to this environment while she is here, but she still retains mermaid characteristics, such as the fish-scale boots and vestigial fins, and attire that is clearly of the sea.

“She has been there for near 13 years now, alone on her rock.   I am considering whether I should add a dolphin companion.   In the late 1960’s a wild dolphin became famous for staying in the Cannes Harbor, and for a couple years was a sort of mascot for the city.   I would be nice to bring him back as a companion for Atlante.”

That is a lovely idea.   One of your early works was l’Ange de Mers – the Angel of the Seas.  What does she represent?

“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.”

You are also the artist behind Amaryllis Art for Charity.   It is a big project, to bring approximately 100 mermaids statues to locations across the world, and to raise money for charity. How did this start, and how is it going?

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‘AMA du Cap Ferrat’

“This project came about thanks to Thomas Noor, who had the great idea for this, and whose  incredible generosity made it possible.  Combining the free placement of these mermaid statues with the eventual charitable contribution to a local cause seems like a stroke of genius to me.

“It is my hope that our beautiful mermaid, holding her skin of scales as a symbol of the oceans’ survival, will raise our awareness and encourage mankind to love and respect our blue planet.

“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.

“She walks while she is here, but she carries her tail and scales with her, for her return to her own world when her message is heeded and we are no longer poisoning her world.

“Thomas and Maria Noor created Amaryllis Art for Charity to help get AMA broadly known, while raising funds for charities all over the world.

“Each AMA statue is named for her location, and inscribed with her name and coordinates.  There are also 8 different patinas available, so every AMA becomes unique.

“The AMAs remain in their location until sold, and can then be replaced with another sculpture or another AMA.

“We have about 11 AMAs already in place, in Thailand, France, German, Switzerland, Austria and Mexico.  Many more are scheduled this year in additional locations in South Korea, the United States, England and France.”

Are you planning more mermaid sculptures?

“Yes, I have several ideas for more mermaids, and plan on making some that are a little less serious, more lighthearted, charming and fun.”

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Thank you, Amaryllis.    We all look forward to the AMAs reaching many shores, and seeing other mermaids in the future.

Links:
http://www.amaryllis-art.com/
http://www.kohinoor.de.com
By |March 8th, 2013|Public Mermaid Sculptures|0 Comments

New Logo for Mermaids of Earth

Hi Everyone,

We are doing the final survey for the new Mermaids of Earth logo.   We have 4 finalist logos.   Please help us pick the best one by voting here.

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By |March 7th, 2013|Public Mermaid Sculptures|0 Comments

Starbucks and the Mermaid

I thought it might be interesting to review the connection between Starbucks coffee and Mermaids.

When the Starbucks coffee chain started in 1971, Starbucks says the owners wanted to “evoke the romance of the high seas and the seafaring tradition of the early coffee traders” by using a name from the novel “Moby Dick” by Herman Melville.   In the book, the name of the Chief Mate on the whaleship Pequod is Mr. Starbuck.  There was a debate on whether to use ‘Starbucks’ or ‘Pequod’.   ‘Starbucks’ won.

Next item: A logo for the company.

The 1971 Starbucks Logo:

In keeping with the theme of the high seas and seafaring, a mermaid was picked for the company logo based on a 16th century Norse woodcut of a mermaid with two tails – a siren or melusine.

The woodcut in question seems to have been this one, as it bears a very close resemblance to the original Starbucks logo.

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Old Norse Woodcut

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Original Starbucks Logo

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The twin-tailed mermaid – often with a crown – is not uncommon in history, as can be seen with some of these examples:
Twin-Tailed Crowned Mermaid
Twin-Tailed Crowned Mermaid
Twin-Tailed Crowned Mermaid
Twin-Tailed Crowned Mermaid
Twin-Tailed Crowned Mermaid
By |March 4th, 2013|Public Mermaid Sculptures|0 Comments

8 Mermaid Statues on Rossio Square in Lisbon

Mermaid Statue in the Rossio Square, Lisbon.

Here is the site page on the eight mermaid statues on Rossio Square in Lisbon, Portugal.   There are two fountains, made in France in 1889, each with 4 divinities in the center, and 4 mermaids along the perimeter.

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

Fonte Luminosa, icon of Lisbon. 4 mermaid statues included

Fonte Luminosa in Lisbon

There is now a page for the Fonte Luminosa (Illuminated Fountain) in Lisbon.   More images are coming, so this page is still in development.   The Fonte Luminosa dates back to 1943 and is considered an icon of the city.

The front section of the fountain contains 4 mermaid statues, each holding a fish spouting water into the fountain.

The entire fountain is brilliantly lit at night, presenting a brilliant display of water, stone and art.

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

The Ross Fountain in Edinburgh, Scotland

Ross Fountain in EdinboroughThe Ross Fountain page has been added.   This fountain contains 8 mermaid statues on the bottom level.

With this page published, the 3 public art pieces in Scotland with mermaid statues all have pages:

They are:

The Ross Fountain as just published.

The King’s Fountain in the ruins of Linlithgow Palace

The Mermaid of the North in Balintore.

 

 

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

The King’s Fountain Mermaid sculpture at Linlithgow Palace in Scotland

A website page has been added for the mermaid sculpture that is part of the King’s Fountain at Linlithgow Palace in Scotland.

Built in 1538 by James V, it was restored to working order in 2007.

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

World Map of Mermaid Statues

A new feature has just been added to the page on public art mermaid statues across the world.

It is an interactive world map, showing the locations of the 135+ mermaids currently known about.

 

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

Harbor Oak Mermaid Statue – additional photos

Oak Harbor Mermaid Sculpture

Oak Harbor Mermaid Statue. Photo by Gerry Oliver.

Thanks to Gerry Oliver for providing some great photos of the mermaid statue outside his realty office. This page now has updated information and photos.

The statue was created by Larry Marcell in 2012, after winning the competition on proposed art contributions to the city.

Harbor Oak is on Whidbey Island in Washington State, and is now one of the many cities around the world incorporating a mermaid statue in its public art.

 

By |January 31st, 2013|Public Mermaid Sculptures|1 Comment

The Little Mermaid Commemorative Edition – published

The Little Mermaid - Commemorative Edition

My book, The Little Mermaid Commemorative Edition, just got published as an e-book through Amazon Kindle.

It is a modern English translation of the classic fairy tale by Hans Christian Andersen, and commemorates the 100 Year Anniversary of the famous bronze mermaid statue of The Little Mermaid, which was unveiled in August of 1913 at Langelinie Park near Copenhagen Harbor, and which has since been an icon of Copenhagen and Denmark.

The book is illustrated with photos of the mermaid statue and most of its replicas around the world, along with 4 original illustrations from 1849, and photos of the key people involved in the story and the creation of the statue.

The printed version of this book will be released probably within the next 4 weeks.

By |January 30th, 2013|Public Mermaid Sculptures|1 Comment

Mermaids Are the New Vampires – for Girls and Women

ScreenHunter_161 Jan. 25 16.43Here is another news story – to some degree a follow-on to Brenda Peterson’s article from two days ago – about the trend of mermaids increasing for young adult readers, and vampires vaning in popularity.

There is definitely still a lot of literature on both, but it is interesting to see the continuously growing trend on mermaids becoming ever more popular.

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

Mermaids IN, Vampires Out

Astros Beach Mermaid Statue

Mermaid or Vampire? Both?

Just read an article in the Huffington Post on The New Wave for Women and Girls: IN Mermaids, OUT Vampires.

It is admittedly written by an author of mermaid stories, but the trend does seem to exist.

Besides, think about it – we know of countless mermaid statues – how many vampire statues do you know of?

 

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

New Photos for the Kimballton Iowa replica of The Little Mermaid statue

The Little Mermaid statue in Kimballton

Kevin Nelson from The Danish Villages Voice graciously shared 3 photos of Kimballton’s The Little Mermaid, which have been made available on this website now, on the Kimballton mermaid statue page.

By |January 7th, 2013|Public Mermaid Sculptures|0 Comments

Mermaid community and performers

Here is another interesting blog post about the mermaid community by author and mermaid enthusiast Carolyn Turgeon.  It is an interview with Sora, who is a professional mermaid performer.

By |December 28th, 2012|Public Mermaid Sculptures|0 Comments

Mermaid Poetry

The Little Mermaid Statue in Copenhagen.

The Little Mermaid.   Photo by mike@nervousenergy.de (CC BY-SA 2.0)

Mermaid Poetry and Mermaid Statues have probably inspired each other.   A new page on Mermaid Poems has been added to this website, with poetry by Shakespeare, Yeats, Tennyson, Milton, Daniel and many others.

 

By |December 21st, 2012|Public Mermaid Sculptures|0 Comments

Lancashire mermaid

"Miranda" Mermaid Statue in Lancashire.

“Miranda” 

Thanks to “Ministry” and to Boyd Harris for helping with finding the background information and story on the mermaid statue by George Aldersley in Lancashire.  It seems “Miranda” is a mermaid after all, albeit a twin-tailed one.

By |December 16th, 2012|Public Mermaid Sculptures|0 Comments

More Mermaid statues in England

Southport's Mermaid Statue

Southport’s Mermaid Statue

It was a day for mermaid statues in England:

More information was gotten on the mermaid statue in Lancashire – which may or may not actually be a mermaid statue.  Still investigating.

The Hensley mermaid to be installed on the Red Lion Hotel Lawn was reported.  I am getting more data on this as well.

Lastly, I found photos of a mermaid statue in Southport – near Manchester, and was able to find and get permission to use 3 photos of it.

By |December 12th, 2012|Public Mermaid Sculptures|0 Comments

Hensley (UK) to get a mermaid statue

Another town in England is adding a mermaid statue to beautify the city and promote art.   Read the article here.   Hensley is 20 or so miles east of London.

They plan to replace the statue every few years, selling the statue to a local business or other institution.  It is a great way to promote the arts.

SculptureWalkI recently visited Sioux Falls in  South Dakota, and saw their Sculpture Trail, which works on a similar idea – exhibiting sculptures in public for a year or more, then selling them and replacing them with other works.

By |December 12th, 2012|Public Mermaid Sculptures|0 Comments

Operation Mermaid – saving the Manatees

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Here’s a cool article about law enforcement officers and a mermaid helping safeguard manatees.

Trina Mason of Lake Worth volunteered her services to help increase awareness, and helped the almost 50 law enforcement officers educating boaters on protection of manatees.

By |December 11th, 2012|Public Mermaid Sculptures|0 Comments