Little Mermaid gets her prince

The Little Mermaid

For almost a century, Copenhagen’s iconic Little Mermaid statue has perched alone on a rock in the harbour, wistfully pining for the prince she has been promised – and now she will finally get her man, according to a report from AFP.

The city of Helsingoer, or Elsinore as Shakespeare wrote, will on Saturday unveil a suitable companion to Hans Christian Andersen‘s fairytale mermaid, in the shape and form of ‘Han’ (‘him’ in Danish).

The stainless steel young male figure, made by sculptors Michael Elmgreen and Ingar Dragset, is to perch on his own steel rock in a similar pose in Helsingoer harbour, watching the fleets of luxury liners that pass through the Oeresund Strait on their way to the Little Mermaid.

“Saturday will be an exciting day. I look forward to seeing people’s reactions when they actually see him,” Helsingoer mayor Johannes Hecht-Nielsen told AFP.

Read the rest of the story here.

Photo from Tuan Hoang Nguyen via Flickr.

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