I stumbled upon a beautiful mermaid sculpture here is what I learned...
Amaryllis Bataille, a French sculpture, is spreading a message with her unique mermaid sculptures, finding homes around the world.
Amaryllis creates her mer-women often with legs for a reason.
Instead of your standard tail, these mermaids are holding their fins and scales, or have small fins on their legs. These land mermaids have morphed into humans to bring humans a message from the sea.
The message is that her environment, the sea, is in danger and has been poisoned. She is asking that humans protect the waters and restore their health.
In an interview by Mermaids of the Earth Amaryllis says
"The mermaids are in a sense the protectors of the marine world, and they can carry a message that will be heard – a message to protect the oceans and preserve the endangered species"
She has created a project called the Amaryllis Art for Charity, placing custom and unique sculptures around the world.
Ama St Jean, Photo Mermaids of the Earth
For this project, Amaryllis is calling each sculpture Ama, a nickname of her own, and a Japanese word meaning sea women.
Japanese tradition holds that the practice of Ama may be 2,000 years old. Traditionally, and even as recently as the 1960s, ama dived wearing only a loincloth. Even in modern times, ama dive without scuba gear or air tanks, making them a traditional sort of free-diver.
Ama are famous for pearl diving, but originally they dived for food like seaweed, shellfish, lobsters, octopus, and sea urchins — and oysters which sometimes have pearls. Ama can keep diving well into old age. Wikipedia
Using this beautiful sea spirit as her guide, she has sculpted and placed mermaids in the following locations:
AMA VITZNAU 47°0’28″N 8°28’60″E
Hotel Vitznauerhof, Vitznau, Schweiz
AMA TARPON SPRINGS 28°8′50″N 82°45′41″W
Tarpon Springs, Florida, USA
AMA SHANGHAI 31°13′16″N 121°30′19″E
Huangpu, Shanghai, China
AMA MARIA 29°28’3″N 98°28’12″W
San Antonio, Texas, USA
AMA YEATMAN 41°7’59″N 8°36’49″W
Vila Nova de Gaia, Porto, Portugal
AMA DU BEAUSOLEIL 43°44′36″N 7°25′31″E
AMA OF THE THAMES 51°32′15″N 0°54′4.594″W
Henley on Thames, England
AMA MAYFIELD 37°32’53″N 126°49’6″E
Gangseo-gu, Seoul, South Korea
AMA DE CAVALAIRE 43°10’16″N 6°32’14″E
Port Cavalaire, Cavalaire- sur-Mer, France
AMA D’EZE 43°43’41″N 7°21’42″E
Eze Village, Eze, France
AMA ANDAMAN 8°22’40″N 98°15’16″E
Wanakarn Beach Resort and Spa, Thaimuang Beach, Phong Na, Thailand
AMA DE SANOVIV 32°15′45″N 116°59′6″W
Sanoviv, Baja California, Mexico
AMA DU CAP D’ANTIBES 43°33′44″N 7°6′49″E
Port Gallice, Côte d’Azur, France
AMA ALPINA 47°7′40″N 10°12′55″E
Hospiz Hotel, St. Anton am Arlberg, Austria
AMA DU CAP FERRAT 43°41′29″N 7°19′58″E
Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat, Côte d’Azur, France
AMA LORELEY 50°4′53″N 7°45′43″E
Engelsburg am Rhein, Loreley, Germany
AMA DU PARC 49°32′39″N 8°40′16″E
Schlosspark, Weinheim, Germany
AMA DU GOLF 43°31′58″N 6°56′19″E
Golf de Mandelieu, Côte d’Azur, France
AMA VICTORIA 46°25′54″N 6°55′35″E
Hotel Victoria, Glion, Switzerland
Atlante, Photo Mermaids of the Earth
Some words from Amaryllis about her Sculpture in the port of Cannes, France:
~ Amaryllis from Mermaids of the Earth
What an inspiration for women, artists, mermaids, and water protectors.
On my travels around the world I'm going to try and see as many of her beautiful Ama as possible :) Thank you Amaryllis!
See more about her and the project at, www.artforcharity.de