The town of Beausoleil on the French Riviera – on a hillside just north of Monte Carlo – is a small town which almost blends in with Monte Carlo, even though it is in France, not in Monaco.

An AMA Mermaid statue was installed here in 2013.   map

Ama Beausoleil

Ama Beausoleil mermaid statue by 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.

Ama Beausoleil mermaid statue unveiling

Ama Beausoleil unveiling

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

 

References:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Beausoleil,_Alpes-Maritimes
http://mermaidsofearth.com/amaryllis-bataille-artist-sculptor-mermaid-conservationist/
http://mermaidsofearth.com/mermaid-statues-mermaid-sculptures/public/ama-mermaid-statues/
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mermaid
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