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. map
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.