The Fuente de la Sirena (Fountain of the Mermaid) in Lleida is found in the centrally located Parc dels Camps Elisis. Like the French Champs-Élysées, Camps Elisis refers to the Elysian Fields or Elysium – the final resting place for the souls of heroes in Greek mythology.
This current mermaid statue was placed here in 1982, to replace the original deteriorated statue of a nymph from 1864. Despite its diminutive size, the mermaid statue is one of the most visited tourist attractions in Lleida. The surroundings are the lawn with a large bed of roses on either side, set between hedges that enclose the lawn. Next to the lawn is another fountain feature, before you get to the central building in the park.
The fountain around the mermaid was turned off in 2007 and the water basin filled with stones. This resulted in a public outcry and controversy, and in 2011 the water was restored.
The sculptor is not known – which is also the case for many other sculptures in Lleida.
You will find more photos and information on this sculpture on the page dedicated to the Lleida mermaid fountain.
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