The Little Mermaid, cultural ambassador

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Last Thursday, Copenhagen’s city council voted to allow the city’s landmark statue of the Little Mermaid to travel to Shanghai for display at the World Expo in 2010. Based on the figure in Hans Christian Andersen’s famous fairy tale, the Little Mermaid was sculpted by Edvard Eriksen after a commission from Carl Jacobsen in 1909, and has been perched at …