In a previous post, Carla hinted at the existence of some other mermaid statues around Copenhagen, but claimed her journalistic integrity would not allow her to dignify them by including photos.
Luckily I shed all vestiges of integrity a long way back so here are the pics!
This first one looks like the sort of Mermaid I would have drawn when I was 13 with a newly gained appreciation of the female form.
I’m surprised this mermaid doesn’t have belly button ornamentation and/or a tramp stamp to go with the bolt-ons. I’m impressed that somewhere in the world a committee exists that was willing to sign off this design and pay a great artist to create it.
Just around the corner, we have another interpretation. This poor little mermaid accidentally swam too close to Fukushima.
What is happening to me?!
This mermaid’s chances of locking down a prince aren’t looking good.
Speaking of locking down princes, I wonder if Frederik ever gets Mary to wear a mermaid tail to spice things up, given the long history of mermaid fetishism that Danish princes are renowned for.
On a related note, we saw this urn at the Dansk Design Musem, showing the rare twin-tail-finned mermaid.
What I find interesting about this, is that while the classical mermaid with a single fin like a fish has the potential to be attractive enough to score a prince, these mermaids with two leg-like fins, despite being closer to human form, end up being intensely repellent to the human eye. I think the moral is, if you want to be liked by humans, you are better off being a completely different species than looking like a mutant.
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This is my favourite post so far. Sorry Carla.
Spoken like a true pest.
Double-tailed mermaids being repulsive: maybe example of Uncanny Valley in non-digital form? (alternatively, just a crap sculpture)