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Meet Luxembourg's little mermaid

14.10.2015 From our online archive
Copenhagen is not the only place to boast a mermaid statue. As of Wednesday Luxembourg City has one too.

Copenhagen is not the only place to boast a mermaid statue. As of Wednesday Luxembourg City has one too.

The City authority inaugurated its Melusina mermaid sculpture and bench opposite the Abbey Neimënster, overlooking the Alzette in a ceremony on Wednesday morning.

The purple ceramic creation was commissioned to mark the 1,050th anniversary of the capital city and made by Luxembourg artist Serge Ecker. It was selected from a handful of designs submitted in response to competition launched by the City of Luxembourg in 2013.

The starting point of the sculpture was a 3D scan the artist made of his partner. He then deconstructed the shape into fragments and surfaces to give a polygonal shape.

The design was first made in a 3D printer in Berlin and then given a ceramic coating at a specialist factory in Hungary.

The Melusina mermaid legend is an important element of Luxembourg's history. Melusina was the beautiful wife of Siegfried, the first Count of Luxembourg.

Legend has it he met her while strolling alongside the Alzette. Overwhelmed by her beauty, he offered her his heart and crown. Melusina accepted to marry Siegfried on the condition that each Saturday she be left alone in her room.

The couple spent many happy years together and had several children until, one Saturday, Siegfried passed Melusina's room and heard noises. When he looked through the key hole, to his horror he saw his wife naked in a pool of water with a fish tail instead of legs.

The truth revealed, legend says that Melusina let out a shrill cry and was swallowed up by the earth. It is said that her spirit is trapped in the rock of the Bock, and that it reappears every seven years.

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