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San Diego, California's
Twelve Foot Tall Mermaid


By Marianne Schwab | Best Travel Deals Tips Blog



Discovering a twelve foot tall mermaid on Harbor Island during a visit to San Diego, California, is just one of the many treasures I've encountered over the years during one of my favorite travel activities -- early morning power walks in the area I'm visiting.

My 10-year-old niece, Alexis, is obsessed with mermaids and even had her grandma make her a mermaid tail, so there's something about little girls and mermaids that captivates the imagination. However, adults are not immune to a little fascination too.


This wonderful twelve foot mermaid sculpture, Mini the Mermaid, is the 2003 creation of sculpture/artist, Frank Mando, and is made of welded steel sheets. The mermaid seemingly floats amidst strands of giant kelp and this sculpture has proven to be a survivor.

Frank Mando's studio was completely burned in the 2003 Southern California wildfires. He quickly restored Mini the Mermaid and finalized this wonderful piece that expresses coastal myth, culture and, of course, imagination.


You'll find Mini the Mermaid "floating" tall in the small park at the end of Harbor Island Drive on Harbor Island in San Diego, California and adjacent to Tom Ham's Lighthouse, open for lunch and dinner daily from 11:30 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.

Mini the Mermaid is just one of the many wonderful and unique statues from around the world I've captured in photos from Barcelona to Beijing and many points in between. You'll also be delighted to discover San Francisco's mermaids "swimming" in a fountain in a Ghirardelli Square.





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