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Apatura
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15 May 2007, 10:25 pm

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Little Mermaid statue vandalized in Copenhagen — again
The Associated Press
Published: May 15, 2007

COPENHAGEN, Denmark: Copenhagen's famed Little Mermaid statue was covered with paint by vandals, the second time it has been defaced since March.

Tourists flocked to the landmark Tuesday to take snapshots of the bronze statue, whose face, left arm and lap had been doused with red paint.

A wooden picture frame sat next to the statue, with the word "AV" — Danish for "ouch" — written in green.

Police said they did not know who had defaced the statue, or whether it was connected to overnight clashes between riot police and rock-throwing youths near Copenhagen's hippie district Christiania.

The Little Mermaid was created by Danish sculptor Edvard Eriksen in tribute to Danish storyteller Hans Christian Andersen. Sitting on a rock at the entrance of the Copenhagen harbor since 1913, she draws an estimated 1 million visitors a year, and has become a popular target for vandals.

Four years ago, the statue was blown off her perch by culprits who used explosives.

She has been beheaded and doused in paint several times. On March 3, vandals covered the statue with pink paint, which was quickly removed by a cleanup crew with soap and high-pressure water cleaners.



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17 May 2007, 12:23 pm

Wow :( thats so rude...
curse those vandels :evil:



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18 May 2007, 8:23 pm

Why can't people value beauty, before its all taken away from us?


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21 May 2007, 1:17 pm

hartzofspace wrote:
Why can't people value beauty, before its all taken away from us?
I agree. That is one of the loveliest statues in the world.



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21 May 2007, 3:27 pm

It seems ignorant mother-f**kers can found anywhere.
I first read about this statue in Robert A. Heinlein's "Stranger in a Strange Land".
In it Jubal explains how the mermaid symbolizes all those who make momentous decisions
in their lives must face consequences of their choices.
Whenever great Art is damaged or desecrated all of us are spat upon. :evil: :(



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01 Jun 2007, 12:00 pm

Really? With my people the mermaid is a predator that is to be avoided at all costs.



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01 Jun 2007, 1:53 pm

That's not the first time she's been vandalized -- she even lost her head (decapitated by hacksaw) on a few occations...

It's probably the usual bullying-stuff again; see, the Little Mermaid is actually a figure from a taly by Hans Christian Andersen: This mermaid was fascinated with the lights of the city of Copenhagen, visible from her wet domain. She got the option to temporarily have legs and thus be able to go into the city and see everything for her self at close range, but having those legs hurted her badly -- so she's still confined to the waters of Øresund...

She's like us; the "odd one out" -- that's why she's catching hell... :(