An activity created by Isabel
Pérez Torres Text adapted from Time,
January 19, 1998)
HEADLESS IN COPENHAGEN
Oscar Wilde might have said ,"To lose one head may be regarded as a misfortune, but to lose two looks like carelessness". Last week in Copenhagen the citys favourite landmark, *The Little Mermaid, lost her head for the second time in 34 years. The head that vandals sawed off this time was a replacement for the original, which was never found after it was taken in 1964. The charming bronze sculpture, made in 1913 by Edvard Eriksen, has been a target for attacks on other occasions , losing an arm in 1983 and often daubed with paint and graffiti..
Responsability for the latest attack was initially claimed by a Danish feminist group, who later denied their involvement. By the weeks end the bronze head had been delivered to a television station offices by a man wearing a black hood. The return was filmed by the same freelance cameraman who was first alerted to the act of vandalism in the harborside park, where half a million tourists a year visit the wistful figure. According to Hans Christian Andersens story, The little Mermaid was half-human, half-fish daughter of the Sea King, who must wait on her rock for 300 years until she can become human. She could lose her head many more times before that.
(Time, January 19, 1998)
*The Little Mermaid la sirenita