The city of Mainz in Germany has this fabulous sculpture if the “Fishwife” mermaid. It is tucked into a corner where the Gaustraße street curves and a small fountain was created.
Elsa Montag created the petite sculpture in about 1940. The city of Mainz purchased it in 1943 and then installed it in a small triangular plaza on Gaustrasse in 1950. The detail and workmanship are outstanding, and the facial expression, the hair, the fish and tail are unique and beautifully crafted.
Locals know the fountain as Fischweiberbrunnen, which translates approximately as “The Fishwife Fountain” or “The Mermaid Fountain”.
The tight space confining the fountain and the sculpture makes it a challenging photography subject. Good photos of this sculpture were hard – or impossible – to find. I was lucky enough to find Svenya Thundiyil online and enlist her help in getting better images. I think she did a fabulous job – with the image here and with the additional photos on this main page for the Mainz Fischweiberbrunnen.
Please take a look and let me know what you think.