The story of "The Little
Mermaid" at Langelinie in Copenhagen
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Review of "The Little
Mermaid" in Copenhagen and her
"The Little Mermaid"
on her stone at Langelinie in
Below are brought into short version
story of the famous sculpture "The Little
Mermaid" at Langelinie in Copenhagen "
Andersen ballet "The Little Mermaid"
It all started with Hans Christian
Andersen ballet "The Little Mermaid" which
was performed at the Royal Theatre in
Copenhagen, inspired by HC
Andersen's fairy tale "The Little Mermaid"
The ballet premiered second
Christmas Day 1909 at the Royal Theatre and
was hosted by July
Lehmann and Hans Beck ballet with music by
Ballet Enthusiast brewer Carl Jacobsen of
Carlsberg was very excited about the solo
dancer Ellen Price the Plane artistic
performance in the ballet "The Little
Mermaid" that he made sculptor Edvard
Eriksen portray her as the little mermaid,
as a gift to the city of Copenhagen.
"The Little Mermaid is one of Denmark's most
visited tourist attractions.
The premiere of the ballet "The Little
Ballet in third
acts of Julius Lehmann and Hans Beck.
Music by Fini Henriques premiered at the
Theatre on 26
The audience admired the very powerful scene
events in the first act.
Ballet action is taken straight out of Hans
"Mrs. Price the Plane unfolded its beauty
and poetry filled plastic mimetic ability
and danced with the personal grace that only
she describes" writes notifier
An expectant crowd had filled the Theatre
Theatre spectators and received H. C
Andersen ballet with a strong and unanimous
The applause was more music, a ballet.
The composer Fini Henriques swung himself
baton of the Royal.
Chapel and finally be called, than the
ballet composition, which dare not be
described any renewal of the ballet genre.
Models Ellen Price and Eline Eriksen
The sculptor was firmly in the Royal Theatre
and studied the "mermaid" aka Ellen Price to
get some ideas for the figure.
Many believe that Ellen Price was the model,
but actually it is only the head Ellen Price
should be a model for the rest of the
mermaid's body should be attributed to
sculptor Edvard Erichsen beautiful wife
Eline Eriksen was a model for her husband
during the production of approx.
The reason that it was the sculptor's wife
who sat model was Ellen Price did not want
to sit nude model for Edvard Eriksen.
The sculpture of "The Little Mermaid" was
produced in larger than life.
Mrs. Ellen Price like the little mermaid
without likeness, but equipped with a coy
Prior to casting of the figure should
sculptor create a mock that the local
council in Copenhagen and brewer Carl
Jacobsen to approve the
Then made a sales test set.
The brewer had originally a plan to the
mermaid was placed on an island out in the
It turned out that this was too expensive
and he is dull only to have her placed in
the shallows on some boulder.
Test set of "The Little Mermaid" 1912
It is unknown whether it was the brewer, or
the sculptor, who was to place her on a rock
on the beach at Langelinie, but on 14
September 1912 was "The Little Mermaid" test
set out in Langelinie Camera Obseua-man's
house, but you did not think it was an
The artist believes that the mermaid must be
placed so high and free she can be seen with
the horizon as the backdrop.
Mermaid was test rig pinched by the wharf
and an ugly iron fence.
The test rig was found that there should be
some changes in the mermaid surroundings and
Brewer Jacobsen was even dropped by to see
test set-up that lasted a week.
The final presentation of "The Little
The Little Mermaid was finally drawn up and
delivered on Langelinie on 23
There was no celebration.
Mermaid came to the spot on a cart upside
down so that everyone could see that she was
She had a lot of screws in the legs.
The sculptor Edvard Eriksen, port architect
Erstad-Jorgensen was present and took Carl
Jacobsen, who arrived with her mother in law
workers lifted it about.
100 kg heavy figure in place.
Brewer Jacobsen said ...
"It's a shame that you can not get right
behind her, so you can admire the hair
falling softly over her almost childlike
The sculptor said later in a question and a
finding that there's not much like Ellen
Price, to which he replied that it was not
meant to be.
Lady should only inspire the work.
"The Little Mermaid" on her
stone at Langelinie in
Copenhagen harbor a cold
November evening in 2008
"The Little Mermaid" has led a turbulent
Mermaid has over the years many times
suffered coats and various happenings,
below, brought the key.
In 1955 there was a danger of "The Little
Mermaid" on her stones were overturned
because of heavy ice packs in the harbor and
the sculpture was dismantled in April.
Also was used the occasion to get it treated
so that it got its original patina back.
Stone Setting in which the sculpture was
placed at the same time changed.
In September 1961, who painted bra and
panties on the sculpture and also, her hair
in 1961 painted red.
April 1963 in April was the mermaid painted
red with red lead from chest to tail fin
The Little Mermaid was Saturday night, 25
April 1964 his head sawn off with a hacksaw.
They failed to find vandals and the broken
sculpture is then lifted away at his rock of
stone cutting company Scheller, Hougaard and
The whole thing weighs just over 2 tons.
The vandalized sculpture and stone was taken
to the Royal.
bronze casts Lauritz Rasmussen workshop so
that he could cast a new head for her.
The bronze around her neck is about 6
millimeters thick, so it's been a hard work
to destroy the figure.
It is believed that it took an hour to cut
his head off.
There are sawn first from one side and then
from the other side, only to be broken free
of the neck.
The original little mermaid, are cast in one
piece and it complicates the process of
getting attached a new "part" in the figure
Bronze casters in Rådmandsgade in Copenhagen
must urgently casting a new bronze head
after the original plaster model.
He expects that it will take approx.
6-7 weeks before "The Little Mermaid"
returns to his seat at Langelinie in
The original plaster model of "The Little
Mermaid" was until Edvard Eriksen's death in
1963 kept in Eline and Edvard Eriksen's home
on Klintholmsvej in Vanløse in Copenhagen.
Shortly after the vandalism was the original
plaster model, however, quickly moved to a
The Little Mermaid should first have been
restored with a stucco worker, when she had
a broken tail and had marks from the many
years of residence in the studio.
The older lady "The Little Mermaid" was
vandalized by vandals in the dead of night
doused her with paint in a rainbow of
There was the night of 21 to 22 July 1984
for practicing vandalism against "The Little
Mermaid" unknown vandals had with a hacksaw
39 cm of the Mermaid's right arm.
Av my arm!
August 1990 it was discovered that there
were attempts to save the mermaid's head off
with a 18 cm.
For the second time in history lost mermaid
it happened on 6
On the night of the day removed the unknown
perpetrators once again head to the world
famous statue of The Little Mermaid at
Vandalism was discovered by a photographer
in the early morning were called out to
Langelinie because "something happens".
He immediately called police when he
discovered the vandalism.
Divers searched for the head in the dock
next to the statue's pedestal, but without
June 2003 was the mermaid splashed with
white paint and September 11, 2003 was the
little mermaid vandalized once again.
A police patrol discovered that she was in
the water next to it and you could see that
she had knocked a hole in his leg and wrist
were cracked and in addition there were
scratch marks on the bronze figure.
Denmark's biggest tourist attraction, "The
Little Mermaid" was temporarily moved from
Langelinie in Copenhagen for the World
Exhibition EXPO 2010 in Shanghai China.
"The Little Mermaid" at the world
exhibition EXPO 2010 in Shanghai.
"The Little Mermaid" returns to his
seat at Langelinie in Copenhagen
visit to China.
Text and photo: Lars Bjoernsten Odense
Sources: Berlingske Tidende
newspaper Politiken 26.04.1964,
01.1998, Billedbladet 1968,
Fredericia Dagblad the 1963rd