An ‘American tourist’ has been condemned after climbing onto Copenhagen’s Little Mermaid statue and getting a bit too friendly.
Dylan Trinkler, 19, witnessed a fellow tourist cuddling the iconic sculpture despite signs stating that climbing onto it is not allowed.
Bizarre video footage filmed on Saturday shows the woman perched on the base of the statue rubbing her face on it.
There are signs surrounding the sculpture to stop people touching the monument and Dylan says spectators were unhappy with the woman’s behaviour.
He said: ‘There was a crowd of about 100 people and everyone was watching on really confused.
‘The Danish people there were saying, “this is Danish heritage” and “that’s artwork”.’
Onlookers were outraged when a woman clambered onto the statue and pretended to kiss it (Picture: SWNS)
Dylan said many were booing and shouting at the woman to get off, before she feigned intimacy with the bronze memorial.
‘She started pretending to make out with the sculpture and people were outraged,’ he said.
‘They asked 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 sculpture, unveiled in 1913, is made of bronze and granite and sits in the water at Langelinie Pier, near Copenhagen’s city centre.
It was a gift from Danish brewer Carl Jacobsen to the City of Copenhagen and attracts around 1 million visitors each year.
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.