The Little Mermaid is known as “Den lille Havfrue” in Danish. It is a fairytale written in 1836 and first published in 1837 by Hans Christian Andersen, a Danish author. The story is about a young mermaid who is willing to give up everything to gain an immortal soul and the prince’s love.
The sculpture was erected in 1913, created by Edvard Eriksen. It was donated to the City of Copenhagen by Carl Jacobsen, who was the son of Carlsberg’s founder. The sculpture is relatively small and we were a bit disappointed. According to wikipedia, it is only 1.25m high and weighs about 175 kg. You can see how small it looks in the wide-angle picture below:
The Little Mermaid sculpture is so swarmed with tourists from all over the world that it is quite impossible to take a full picture of just the sculpture alone (unless one crops the pic). Even after cropping out the numerous tourists trying to take a pic with the sculpture, it still looks like this:
Notice the hands on the bottom right of the pic? hehe
There is also a tri-car selling Little Mermaid souvenirs exclusively, but we din buy anything as I thought the fairy tale is too sad, I don’t wish to keep a souvenir of it! 😛