The city of St. John's in Newfoundland is the easternmost city in North America. In 2006 the city the had a “Mermaids in the City” exhibit, based on history from 1610 of a mermaid sighting. These were some of the mermaids on display at the time. They are variations of the same basic mermaid statue, with unique colors and finishes. Most of the mermaid statues have since been sold, but a few remain in the city. map
St. John's famous mermaid connection dates back to 1610, with a famous account of a mermaid sighting by a number of people in St John's.
The city of Beaufort in South Carolina did a similar exhibit called the “Big Swim”, based on a different mermaid figure. And the city of Norfolk in Virginia has more permanently adopted a mermaid as the icon and logo of the city, with many mermaid statues around town based on yet another mermaid shape, but with unique and colorful finishes.
And as shown on earlier pages, the capital cities of Helsinki in Finland, Copenhagen in Denmark and Warsaw in Poland have iconic mermaid statues that have all been in place for over 100 years and are an integral part of their cities’ cultures. Here’s to mermaids representing cities!