What’s more exciting than visiting a monument when you know everything about it? That’s why I have set up a list of the Little Mermaid statue facts I bet you really wish you knew!
The Little Mermaid is one of the highlights of the Danish Capital that people of all ages like the most. And it’s also one of my favorite ones, both for its beauty and its incredible story! That’s why I have included it in my Tapsy Tour of Copenhagen, to give families with kids the opportunity to discover the best curiosities about the Little Mermaid Statue in a super engaging way!
THE LITTLE MERMAID STATUE FACTS YOU WISH YOU KNEW
The Little Mermaid is one of the most photographed sculptures in Copenhagen and in the world. That’s because of the melancholic expression on the face of the “lady”, full of charm and mystery. Are you ready to discover its secrets with me?
THE BEST THINGS COME IN SMALL PACKAGES
The best things come in small packages, it is appropriate to say in this case. Yes because the impressive fame of the Little Mermaid statue in Copenhagen comes in a very small format: just 1.25 meters of pure artistic beauty.
THE STORY BEHIND ITS STORY
Most of you will already know that the Little Mermaid’s story, on which also the homonymous Disney movie is based, was written by Hans Christian Andersen in 1836. However, many of you won’t probably know that the real story of the Little Mermaid is quite different from the Disney’s one we are used to tell kids. In fact, while the Disney’s story has an happy ending, the real Andersen’s story tells about a 15 year old little mermaid, who gives up her voice and her mermaid’s tail to become human and save the life of the price. Moreover, she promises that, if the prince marries another girl, she will turn into sea foam. As you can see from the melancholic expression on the little mermaid’s face, the price eventually married another woman and the little mermaid became foam and disappeared forever.
IT IS OVER ONE HUNDRED YEARS OLD
Even though she doesn’t look it, ladies and gentlemen, the Little Mermaid is already over one hundred years old! And she is getting older and older, as she celebrated her 100th birthday no less than in 2013, one hundred years after the Danish sculptur Edvard Eriksen unveiled it to the public! On the occasion, several birthday parties were celebrated in Copenhagen and all over the world.
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COPYRIGHT IS STILL ON
The statue will be under copyright until 2019, which is exactly 70 years after its author’s death, occurred in 1959. This means that the copies that are not authorized for sale by the Eriksen family are illegal and are eligible for legal actions.
IT’S AN ORIGINAL COPY
The Little Mermaid statue has been victim of several vandalism attacks since the 1960s. For this reason, a strict protective plan has been operated: the substitution of the original sculpture with a legitimate replica. The original one was then hidden in a super secret location that only a few people know.
If you want to discover more curiosities about the Little Mermaid and the Danish capital with a tour of Copenhagen tailored to families with kids, join the Tapsy Tour of Copenhagen!