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. Bandit

    Their still looking for that power boat that disappeared between her knees.

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

    Brits selling soap to Germans....good luck with that...

    August 5, 2011 at 5:44 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  3. kelbe

    looks like a man in drag.

    August 5, 2011 at 5:46 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Larry

      like most german women

      August 5, 2011 at 5:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • wiflash

      Looks like her upper lips are ready.

      August 5, 2011 at 6:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • RobbD

      ....That was funny.

      August 5, 2011 at 6:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • StarShooter7

      Nemo lives in her neatherlips.

      August 5, 2011 at 6:31 pm | Report abuse |
  4. gdssd

    What a waste of money.....

    August 5, 2011 at 5:53 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Jeepwaco

      no such thing as a waste of money, money is meant to be wasted... enjoy life!! it is so beautiful...

      August 5, 2011 at 6:14 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Bud Tarken

    Is that the tunnel of love between it's legs? hahahaha holly cow that is something

    August 5, 2011 at 5:54 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  6. ekg

    I think the ad should be banned. The sculpture's face definitely looks "airbrushed". (he he)

    August 5, 2011 at 5:55 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Cherries

      This is in Germany not England!! LOL

      August 5, 2011 at 5:58 pm | Report abuse |
  7. sheila

    I wish I liked it better; I respect artistic feats. It just doesn't strike me as being all that brilliant.

    August 5, 2011 at 5:57 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Fat Bobby Joe

      In a world where Jackson Pollack is considered an artist, this is about what we can expect.

      August 5, 2011 at 6:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • SightSeer

      Did I miss something? Who said or where does it say that it was, or was even supposed to be, a "brilliant" work of art?

      August 5, 2011 at 6:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • sheila

      sightseer – it didn't. I just figure if you're going to put that much effort and material into something it would be nice if it turned out to be; a little bit more than what this 'bather' is. Not trying to knock it too much, somebody else might just Love it. It doesn't do anything for me, just a personal opinion. Seems kind of like a waste of time, money, and space.

      August 5, 2011 at 6:23 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Kyle Overboard

    "Two Tons of Mermaid."
    That reminds me of this one story... I was in the Navy and we we had just pulled into Alaska...

    August 5, 2011 at 5:58 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  9. MrChris

    Kinda creepy.

    August 5, 2011 at 6:00 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  10. Ann

    The statue of this pretty woman resembles Bryce Howard doesn't she except with blond curly hair??

    August 5, 2011 at 6:06 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  11. Marissa

    She can't be a "two ton mermaid" if her knees are sticking up from the water.

    August 5, 2011 at 6:08 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  12. furdawg53

    WELL!!!... Get my smelling salts! Where are her canckles? Anything THAT size would have them.

    August 5, 2011 at 6:10 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  13. finkster

    God I hope I don't see any bubbles coming up from that water

    August 5, 2011 at 6:10 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  14. Archimedes2011

    Sure gotta purdy pair of lips.........

    August 5, 2011 at 6:11 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  15. Paul Ewasko

    So ein großes Dame!

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