Han, the Little Merman

Little Mermaid, Hans Christian Andersen, Copenhagen, mermaids, Mrs Morgan's Florilegium, Natalie Waddell,

He may not be a prince but Copenhagen’s statue of the Little Mermaid finally has a companion almost a hundred years after she was unveiled in the harbour of Langelinie.

‘Han’ (meaning ‘him’ in Danish) is a polished stainless steel sculpture, given his own spot in the harbour of Helsingoer this past weekend.

Created by sculptors Michael Elmgreen and Ingar Dragset, Han is almost identical in size and, like his older ‘sister’ sits on a rock, staring out to sea. But the male gaze is rather different, and he blinks once every hour courtesy of an in-built hydraulic system.

According to the artists, Han raises questions of “nationality and gender politics” while his location at the far end of a jetty also “tells the tale of loneliness in our modern society – of being alone amongst the many.”

Picture via Visitdenmark.

One comment

  1. interesting statue, not sure why they went with the polished look though. when i rode through Copenhagen to check out the Little Mermaid a few years ago, there was a big screen in its place showing a live feed of the statue from the World Expo in Shanghai. Bad timing on that one

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