Mermaids have a rich history of symbolism within the arts and popular folklore all around the world. They are inspiring, strong, beautiful, and they represent many of the values that we hold at Sedna Inspirations. One of the most famous mermaids might be Ariel, or the Little Mermaid, a story written in 1836 by Danish author Hans Christian Anderson, which was later adapted by Disney. Here are some interesting facts about the Little Mermaid statue you probably didn’t know.
- The statue was built in 1913. In order to commemorate the success of Anderson’s fairy tale, a statue of the Little Mermaid was built in Copenhagen, Denmark, in 1913. Since then, it has become one of the most popular attractions in Copenhagen.
- Disney adapted Anderson’s story into an animated film. Released in 1989, The Little Mermaid was Disney’s 28th animated feature film, and has raised more than $211 million since it was released. Also, this release marked the beginning of what has come to be known as the Disney Renaissance.
- Sculptor Edvard Eriksen used two different models. The sculpture is based in ballerina Ellen Price, who didn’t actually agree to pose for the nude portion of the sculpture. In turn, Eriksen based the topless portion on his wife, Eline Eriksen.
- The statue hasn’t been free from vandalism. As many other statues and monuments around the world have experienced, the Little Mermaid statue has suffered many acts of vandalism throughout the years. Some examples include its head being sawn off and stolen several times, by both radical artists and political activists. The statue has also been covered in paint, and messages have been written on it, too.