Massive bather makes splash in German lake
A massive sculpture of a bathing woman will spend 10 days in a Hamburg, Germany, lake.
August 5th, 2011
10:02 AM ET

Massive bather makes splash in German lake

Call it "The Bath of the 70-foot Woman." Or "Two Tons of Mermaid."

The real name of the massive woman in a Hamburg, Germany, lake is actually "Die Badende" ("The Bather"), and she's an ad for British beauty brand Soap & Glory.

"We launched Soap & Glory in Germany last year, and we've been looking for a way to say, 'Thank you!' to everyone for embracing our products, and making us a real success there. At Soap & Glory, we consider it our calling to bring more beauty to the world, and have fun doing it 'Die Badende' does exactly that," the brand's founder, Marcia Kilgore, said in a news release.

"Die Badende" is the work of art creator Oliver Voss. It's almost 13 feet high, 67 feet long and weighs two tons.

The sculpture is made from a steel cage covered with Styrofoam almost a foot thick, which is then covered by a layer of special filler sealed with a polyester resin.

It will spend 10 days in Hamburg's Inner Alster Lake.

Apparently, "Die Badende" is as modest as "she" is massive. Soap & Glory promises a crane will be standing by with a supersize towel when "Die Badende" is ready to come out of the water.

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  1. Herbert D. Rosenbaum

    Aber schön ist sie nicht !!

    August 20, 2011 at 10:48 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  2. Andy Vasvari

    I do not like it.
    My grandparents, most of their descendants perished in european death camps.

    August 24, 2011 at 11:31 am | Report abuse | Reply
  3. dysFUNctional

    bathing...ethnic...oh please don't give me ethnic cleansing...

    September 2, 2011 at 10:55 am | Report abuse | Reply
  4. Eza

    Barb Wow, Ryan! I just wanted to thank you for hnelipg to support our troops. My b-i-l is in the Air Force stationed in Incirlik Turkey. He\'s been to Afghanistan a number of times. My sister is in the Air Force Reserves also in Incirlik. I am so proud of both of them! And I am proud of you and the great causes you support as well as your debut cd! I have a very hard time taking it out of my cd player in my car. Usually if I do replace it, it\'s with a CT cd!Thank you, Ryan!Barb

    March 12, 2012 at 10:41 am | Report abuse | Reply
  5. Elizandra

    You know, you here about public ooschl teachers being wishy washy and feelings-based and ultra liberal (maybe that's more a problem here on the west coast) but I guess this stuff goes on too. I can attest that when I was in kindergarten (mid 1980's) I had a teacher who liked to try to yank my arm out of it's socket when I was bad. I was confused and afraid to tell anyone that it bothered me.

    March 12, 2012 at 1:06 pm | Report abuse | Reply
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