The Western Australia Museum Shipwreck Gallery will soon be unveiling a 20′ mermaid as part of the festivities surrounding next month’s ISAF sailing world championships in Fremantle. According to The Western Australian, the Siren Project sculpture would be the southern hemisphere’s largest mermaid and could become an iconic female figurehead for the port. Local artist Dan O’Connell spent six months creating the 3.5 ton steel siren. “I black-smithed it,” he said. “I heated it, beat it and joined it. If you are going to build something it ought to be big and built to last.” Well said!
Good luck to the ISAF competitors (note: you might want to bring along some beeswax).
From The Odyssey:
Square in your ship’s path are Sirens, crying
beauty to bewitch men coasting by;
woe to the innocent who hears that sound!
He will not see his lady nor his children
in joy, crowding about him, home from sea;
the Sirens will sing his mind away
on their sweet meadow lolling. There are bones
of dead men rotting in a pile beside them
and flayed skins shrivel around the spot.
keep well to seaward; plug your oarsmen’s ears
with beeswax kneaded soft;