‘Little Mermaid is not only a symbol’

Published on 23 August 2013 at 10:58


August 23 marks the 100th anniversary of the unveiling of the bronze statue of Hans Christian Andersen’s mermaid heroine, which sits atop a rock looking out to sea from the port of Copenhagen.

To mark the occasion, Politiken publishes an assessment of Denmark’s most popular statue, setting aside the question of what the mermaid embodies, to evaluate it simply as a work of art.

In conclusion, the newspaper argues that with regard to the era in which it was cast —

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… it is a very conservative sculpture, which does not represent anything more than meets the eye.
This simplicity is probably the key to its success, notes the daily.

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