Disrespectful woman caught snogging Little Mermaid statue at tourist hotspot

A woman has been branded "disrespectful" after she got too friendly with a mermaid statue at a popular tourist hotspot.

Bizarre footage filmed by 19-year-old Dylan Trinkler shows a woman perched on the rock base of The Little Mermaid statue in Copenhagen, Denmark, on Saturday (September 10).

The clip shows the tourist rubbing her face on the sculpture in defiance of signs stating "CLIMBING ON THE SCULPTURE IS NOT ALLOWED" that surrounded her.

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A crowd of outraged spectators apparently urged her to get down as she pretended to snog and fondle the bronze statue.

Dylan shared the clip online, slamming the woman for her behaviour, as she claims spectators were unhappy with the woman's behaviour too.

"There was a crowd of about 100 people and everyone was watching on really confused," Dylan said.

"The Danish people there were saying, ‘This is Danish heritage’ and ‘that’s art work.' Also, many people were booing and shouting for her to get off.

"She started pretending to make out with the sculpture and people were outraged. They started asking her why she was doing it, saying that it was disrespectful, but she just laughed it off.

"When she came down she went to the woman she was there with and started high-fiving and kissing her. It was bizarre."

The Copenhagen mermaid statue is an iconic monument for both Copenhagen and Denmark.

The magical bronze mermaid has been bolstered by Disney which drew inspiration for the all-time classic The Little Mermaid.

The sculpture unveiled in 1913 is made of bronze and granite, and sits in the water at Langelinie Pier.

The Little Mermaid is inspired by Hans Christian Andersen's famous fairy tale about a mermaid who gives up everything to be united with a young, handsome prince on land.

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The bronze statue was created by Danish Sculptor Edvard Eriksen. He was commissioned by Danish Brewer Carl Jacobsen in January 1909. Carl was a massive fan of the Copenhagen Royal Theater, which performed a show about a mermaid who turned into a human.

Jacobsen contacted the star of the ballet, Ellen Price De Plane, to model for the statue, but was forced to recast the model as Ellen wasn't comfortable with posing nude for the sculptor. Edvard enlisted the help of his wife Eline Eriksen to pose for the artwork instead.

There are several "copies" or different takes on the statue in several other countries. Edvard had authorised the sculptors to reimagine his work while others were merely never penalised.

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