COPENHAGEN. The most famous symbol of the Danish capital leaves on a long trip later this year to promote her home town.
The Little Mermaid, or Den Lille Havfrue as she is called in Danish, will be a big attraction in the Danish pavilion at Expo 2010 in Shanghai from May to October. The little bronze figure, much smaller than first-time visitors expect her to be, will be removed from the rock where she sits on the inlet to Copenhagen harbour and transported to China.
There have been worries in Copenhagen over how tourists will react when this main attraction on most city tours is gone. But daily Berlingske Tidende reports that there will be a substitute ready to greet visitors.
The Little Mermaid has a “twin sister” that was made by sculptor Edvard Eriksen, who created the fairytale figure in 1913. The mermaid twin, owned by descendants of Eriksen, will be placed on display at the picturesque amusement park Tivoli in central Copenhagen when summer season begins April 15.
The Little Mermaid statue was inspired by the Hans Christian Andersen story with the same name.
“Welfairytales” is also the name of the Danish pavilion at Expo 2010, where the overall theme is “Better City, Better Life”. The pavilion, designed in part by young Danish architect Bjarke Ingels and his studio BIG, will portray Copenhagen as a modern, liveable, sustainable city where people ride their bicycles (as Expo-visitors also will be able to do in the Danish pavilion), enjoy clean water and see The Little Mermaid sitting on her rock.
Over 70 million visitors are expected to Expo 2010, which opens in Shanghai May 1 and runs to October 31.