Ville Vallgren created Havis Amanda, Helsinki’s mermaid, in Paris in 1906. She didn’t arrive in her home in Market Square beside the harbour until 1908. She is cast in bronze and stands on a bed of seaweed above a granite fountain with 4 spouting fish and 4 sea lions.
She was controversial when she first appeared because of the nudity and the possible inappropriate ideas about women some said she represented. She is now embraced by Helsinkians and her popular name is Manta. She is regularly voted the most beautiful Art Nouveau art work in Helsinki.
I think she is beautiful, even with her snow covering.
When I go back in June I will see her in a different light.
Here she is in summer.