Design duo Elmgreen & Dragset have just given tourists another reason to visit the Danish harbor town of Helsingor: a brother for Copenhagen's most famous aquatic attraction, The Little Mermaid.
Han, as the stainless steel sculpture is to be called, will close its eyes for a split second every hour, which is sure to drive tourists crazy. The statue was commissioned by the city and funded by the Danish National Arts Council.
The town is already home to the Castle of Kronberg (Han will sit in front of looming structure), a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and is the historic town of Shakespeare's Hamlet (the town is called Elsinore in the play and is often referred to as such today).
Han will take his place on June 2.
Elmgreen & Dragset
Elmgreen & Dragset
Tourists clamor onto the rock where the Little Mermaid sits in Copenhagen's harbor while other toursits view her from a boat in this July, 2005 file photo. A city official said Wednesday March 29, 2006 that the Danish capital was considering moving Copenhagen's famed Little Mermaid statue a few meters (yards) away from the reach of vandals and tourists who climb on her lap for a snapshot souvenir, making it hard for other visitors to get a glimpse of the bronze. The 1.6-meter (5.2-foot) high statue, based on the Hans Christian Andersen tale, has been sitting on a rock at the edge of the harbor since 1913. (AP Photo/John McConnico)
Tourists gather around 'The Little Mermaid' statue in the harbor in Copenhagen, Denmark Wednesday Aug. 23, 2006. A celebration was held Wednesday to mark the 93rd birthday of the Little Mermaid statue, which draws thousands of tourists each year to Denmark. The Little Mermaid is one of Hans Christian Andersen's most famous fairy tales. (AP Photo/John McConnico)
Tourists gather around 'The Little Mermaid' statue in the harbor in Copenhagen, Denmark. (AP Photo/John McConnico, File)
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