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. Alicia

    If this were in America someone would run their boat into it, then sue the company that owns it. lol Clever advertising doesn't work here.

    August 5, 2011 at 4:54 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • ObeseAmericants

      They could never do this in America. The lakes, rivers or sea isn't big enough for a "700 Ton Woman". The statue of liberty has just been diagnosed with diabetes.

      August 5, 2011 at 5:05 pm | Report abuse |
  2. akafsa

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

    ...um, if she's got two knees, how can she be a Mermaid?? oh, CNN writers, you have sunk to whole new level...

    August 5, 2011 at 4:54 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Me

      Those aren't her knees...

      August 5, 2011 at 5:22 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Jimmy Crack Corn

    I'd hit it.

    August 5, 2011 at 4:56 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • And I don't care

      And she'd say to you, "go away, you are too small".

      August 5, 2011 at 5:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dill Weed

      You'll get queefed into next year.

      August 5, 2011 at 5:16 pm | Report abuse |
  4. optimist

    The 70 foot man is under water and on his back. Nice cool quicky in teh summertime.

    August 5, 2011 at 5:02 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  5. bob

    Well, she is certainly not eco-friendly with all that styrofoam used to make her.

    August 5, 2011 at 5:11 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  6. Bones

    Shhh-Boom! We found Susan!

    August 5, 2011 at 5:12 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  7. TRISH ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

    Hey, will you guys visit HelpFaye.ORG a friend of mine is fighting for her life... Thanks

    August 5, 2011 at 5:16 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • agonyflips

      How many dumb people do you get everyday with this.

      August 5, 2011 at 5:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • Reilleyfam

      Aw – lighten up and have a sense of humor and playfulness! Life is too harsh and short to be otherwise.

      August 5, 2011 at 6:47 pm | Report abuse |
  8. tuffyturf

    When I first saw it, I just thought it was just a swimmer from East Germany's former 1970's Olympic Team...

    August 5, 2011 at 5:16 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • deb

      Hehehe...good one.

      August 5, 2011 at 5:38 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Cheese

    She kinda looks like a blonde Casey Anthony.

    August 5, 2011 at 5:17 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Elmeaux

      ...then she must be drowning her baby under the water.

      August 5, 2011 at 5:56 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Fiona

    That pose, with knees apart, suggest something. I suppose it's meant to.

    Funny stunt (especially the giant towel bit), but is that two-ton, non-recyclable thing going to the landfill after her "bath"?

    August 5, 2011 at 5:17 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • J3sus Sandals

      Going to Bristol Palin's front yard.

      August 5, 2011 at 5:22 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Freemont1

    Why is it she looks SO familiar! Hope they never fed her beans before they put her in there or, she could end up in France !!

    August 5, 2011 at 5:24 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  12. lavaadv

    Thanks to all our customers, now here's a large plastic piece of crap in your lake, have fun

    August 5, 2011 at 5:25 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  13. Shaylorray

    Excellent! Thought provoking art:)

    August 5, 2011 at 5:27 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  14. deb

    Oh that's funny....there's a man in the boat.

    August 5, 2011 at 5:39 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  15. blf83

    Who's diving?

    August 5, 2011 at 5:42 pm | Report abuse | Reply
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