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Genetically Modified Little Mermaid in Copenhagen

Copenhagen's got not one, but two Little Mermaids

Best time: April–October

Genetically Modified Little Mermaid
Genetically Modified Little Mermaid

The sculpture called "Little Mermaid" is one of Denmark's most visited tourist attractions. A Danish professor Bjørn Nørgaard got inspired by the famous Little Mermaid sculpture from H.C.Andersen's fairytale and created a sculpture group called "The Genetically Modified Paradise." Along with Little Mermaid, this group features a giant 40-tonne Triumphal Arch, the Genetically Modified Madonna, Adam, Christ, Maria Magdalena, Eve, The Tripartite Capital, and the Pregnant Man.

The local news describes this piece of art as "a provocative and humorous look at postmodern society," and it is true. Mermaid's unrecognizable head and elongated skeletal legs are a criticism of genetic alterations. The Genetically Modified Little Mermaid is located only a couple of hundred meters from its older sister, called the Little Mermaid. You can go there anytime and see the iconic Copenhagen sculpture for yourself.

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When is the best time to visit Copenhagen?

Copenhagen is ideal for tourists from April to October when the weather is mild and the city is alive with festivals and cultural events. There are several outdoor activities to enjoy such as strolling through parks, biking, and boating. To save money on flights and accommodation, you can visit during the shoulder season from April to May or September to October. Show more

Where can I find the Genetically Modified Little Mermaid sculpture?

The Genetically Modified Little Mermaid sculpture is located alongside the original. You can see it on the Langelinie Promenade, which starts from the Langelinie Pier to the Nordre Toldbod area. The area is easily accessible by public transport, bike, or on foot, and it's a short stroll from Nyhavn and other popular tourist spots. Show more

Why did Bjørn Nørgaard create the Genetically Modified Paradise sculptural group?

Bjørn Nørgaard's Genetically Modified Paradise sculptural group was inspired by Hans Christian Andersen's famous Little Mermaid sculpture, offering a humorous insight into postmodern society. Nørgaard used the sculptures as a tool to criticize genetic alterations and contemporary society's prevailing issues. Visitors are encouraged to view these works of art as new perspectives and thought-provoking pieces designed to encourage discussions. Show more

How does the Genetically Modified Little Mermaid differ from the original sculpture?

Bjørn Nørgaard's post-modern artwork is a reinterpretation of the traditional sculpture with a contemporary representation injected with humour and provocative elements. The skeletal legs of the Mermaid are elongated, and the sculpture's head unrecognizable as a critique of genetic alterations. The work uses new materials like fiberglass, and visitors can expect a different point of view on traditional art forms. Show more

What other sculptures are featured in the Genetically Modified Paradise group?

The artwork comprises multiple sculptures like the Genetically Modified Little Mermaid, the Triumphal Arch, the Genetically Modified Madonna, Adam, Christ, Eve, Maria Magdalena, The Tripartite Capital, and the Pregnant Man. The artworks are all part of Nørgaard's post-modern exhibition that explores contemporary society. Visitors can spend plenty of time exploring these thought-provoking pieces and get inspired by new ideas and perspectives. Show more

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