Vandalism of the Little Mermaid – One Statue’s Turbulent History

The Little Mermaid is an iconic figure on the waterfront of Copenhagen, a bronze statue sculpted by Edvard Erikson. Inspired by Hans Christian Anderson’s fairytale, it was installed on next to the anchored ships at Langelinie Pier in 1913. But this innocent nude sculpture has had a very turbulent history, full of beheadings, colour changes … More Vandalism of the Little Mermaid – One Statue’s Turbulent History

Fushimi Inari, Kyoto’s wonderful torii gate mountain

Near the top of the mountain, we walked into a perfect view of Fushimi Inari’s torii gates. We turned a corner, and there it was waiting for us, with no tourists or anything. A long tunnel of vermillion was being illuminated by a perfectly angled sun, turning every gate a different shade of bright orange, … More Fushimi Inari, Kyoto’s wonderful torii gate mountain

Paris’ Secret Sculptures: Les Enfants du Monde

Bercy Park, Paris, is home to a group of 21 very interesting sculptures. Les Enfants Du Monde each have a nationality, and are formed out of the manhole covers sourced from their country. They even have their own names (and personalities!). French sculptor Rachid Khimoune’s masterpieces are not easy to find, and you need to … More Paris’ Secret Sculptures: Les Enfants du Monde