- A small little series for Mental Floss magazine (one of my favorite mags, really easy and smart read) about the Little Mermaid sculpture in copenhagen ! thanks winslow !
- "In 1909, Carlsberg beer scion Carl Jacobsen saw a performance of the ballet the little mermaid."
- "He loved how it adapted hans christian andersen’s Danish story. Jacobsen wanted to turn the story into a sculptural gift for copenhagen."
- "Jacobsen had the perfect model in mind; ballerina ellen Price. Sculptor edvard eriksen agreed to bring Jacobsen’s vision to life"
- "There was just one problem: Price wouldn’t pose nude. but, mermaids are always nude!"
- "Eriksen improvised, using Price’s face while his wife, Eline, stepped in for the statue’s body."
- "By 1913, eriksen was ready to unveil his work in the harbor near langelinie Pier. Over the years, the
Mermaid has been beheaded, splashed with paint, and blown off her pedestal with explosives.
After every disaster, she comes back. The statue still draws one million visitors each year."