Sitting on a rock in the middle of a two-tiered circular fountain in Mermaid Park is a four-foot tall bronze sculpture of “The Little Mermaid” based on the story written by Hans Christian Andersen (1805-1875).
The statue in Iowa is a full-sized replica of the Little Mermaid tourist attraction that sits on a rock in Copenhagen Harbor in Denmark. Installed in 1913, the melancholy mermaid was created by artist Edvard Eriksen. According to the story, the mermaid longs for the love of a mortal Prince and for an immortal human soul.
The original Kimballton mermaid statue was composed of fiberglass. Created by two California college students in 1978, the statue was installed to commemorate the town’s Danish roots.
Over the years, the fiberglass statue sustained significant weathering so in 2008 the mermaid was recast in bronze and given a permanent home in the middle of the fountain, surrounded by lush landscaping and a variety of statues inspired by other Hans Christian Andersen stories.
There are also versions of this famous statue in Copenhagen at the Airport, Carlsberg Breweries, and Tivoli Gardens, as well as California (Solvang), Connecticut, Michigan, Utah, Brazil, Canada, China, Japan, Romania, South Korea, Spain, and the Virgin Islands.
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