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Denmark's Little Mermaid turns 90

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Denmark's Little Mermaid turns 90

Friday, August 22, 2003 Posted: 11:47 AM EDT (1547 GMT)

 

The statue was decapitated in 1998. It was the second time in 33 years that the statue's head was sawed off.

 

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) -- She's been beheaded twice, her arm has been amputated and vandals keep pouring paint over her. Despite all this, the Little Mermaid has made it to her 90th birthday.

 

So Copenhagen officials plan to hold a party Saturday to celebrate the longevity of the Danish capital's most famous landmark.

 

There will be speeches, performances by the Royal Ballet and a Danish Navy band. Fire brigade boats will salute with water cannons and 90 mermaids are expected to be swimming in the water behind the statue.

 

"Many think it is a monumental statue," Martin Geertsen, Copenhagen mayor for cultural affairs, told The Associated Press. Actually, "she is a small, exquisite statue."

 

The statue is based on a Hans Christian Andersen fairy tale, published in 1837, about a mythical sea king's mermaid daughter. Carl Jacobsen, founder of Denmark's Carlsberg breweries and an arts patron, commissioned Danish sculptor Edvard Eriksen in 1909 to create a mermaid statue.

 

Eriksen created the topless, girl-sized bronze and used his wife, a ballet dancer, as model. The statue was ready in 1913.

 

The statue's international fame took off after it was beheaded in 1963. No arrests were ever made and a new head was cast from the original mold.

 

In 1984, someone sawed off her right arm, which was also replaced. A long cut in the statue's neck, possibly a second attempt to decapitate her, was discovered six years later. The gap was welded. The statue was beheaded again in 1998 but the head was found and welded back on.

 

Vandals have repeatedly poured paint over the statue, most recently in May.

 

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90 mermaid girls

 

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Waving

 

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Jump in the freezing water

 

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American tourists love her

 

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Starlets dig her too

 

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Eisenhower checking her out

 

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Decapitated

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Happy bday lilMermaid..she's fuckin hot for her age.

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