Last year I reported that the City of Luxembourg (which is not just a city, but a country in its own right) was planning a mermaid statue for its 1050th anniversary.
A contest was concluded on February 25th, which selected a contest entry by artist Serge Ecker. The photo on the left is of a miniature model of the sculpture.
The mermaid theme is based on a well-known legend that the mermaid Melusine was the wife of Count Siegfried, who founded Luxembourg in 963.
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 a nearby river.
Articles in the news media can be accessed below.