The Giant Mermaid of Cumbernauld

Scotland’s town of Cumbernauld has recently become the proud “host” of a beautiful mermaid statue that seems to be guarding the town’s entrance.

Standing at over 33ft tall, this statue is entirely made out of metal and depicts a beautiful four-armed mermaid, with two of her arms stretched outwards, as if to protect the town, and the other two holding up her mermaid tail.Her name is Arria and she was thought of and designed by English sculptor Andy Scott.

The real spectacle begins at nightfall as the statue features a rig of multicolored lights inside it’s structure that all lit up, putting Arria in a whole new “light”.

The costs for making the statue reached up to around $400,000, but local authorities hope the mermaid will be the town’s lucky charm.

photos via My Modern Met

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  • Winter-Stardust Posted on December 11, 2010

    I’ve seen some amazing artwork on this site, but this is fantastic! So beautiful. Thanks for sharing this with the world.

  • Daniel Posted on May 3, 2011

    I like the concept of the way the material used and the way it lights up at night but the whole form of the piece seems to lack character and form. It looks as though it has been modeled created in a 3D computer program and then generated directly from the model.

    I saw Andy’s scale model of the piece and this actually looked very good. The substance has been lost somewhere along the line.