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. Leonore H. Dvorkin

    If you are going to try to type something in a foreign language, please get it right. It should be: Das Fräulein ist ein Dummkopf, "The young lady is stupid." Of course, she can't be dumb or smart, as she is simply a sculpture. I think the people who came up with this idea are terribly clever. What a fun way to advertise something! I wonder when or if we will ever be able to buy the soap here? The British movie Hope and Glory, about a child's view of World War Two, was also brilliant.

    August 5, 2011 at 4:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • jhjhkhkjh

      german snobbishnesss

      August 5, 2011 at 4:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dawn

      I agree! I love the sculpture.

      I am glad that this sculpture is not permanent. There are many interesting artistic expressions that range from use of flowing orange cloth to placing a piano on a sandbar. As long as these creative expressions are tastefully removed, they are harmless and interesting to view.

      If I were a boater who had no knowledge of the presence of the sculpture and came upon it in the middle of the night, I would find it alarming. Imagine discovering this sculpture in the beam of a searchlight. 🙂

      August 5, 2011 at 4:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dee

      You are right, it's "das Fraulein," not "die Fraulein." The rules of German grammar make no sense – why does a word that means "young lady" take the neuter (das) as opposed to female (die) article?

      August 5, 2011 at 6:17 pm | Report abuse |
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      August 5, 2011 at 8:55 pm | Report abuse |
  2. lilac

    uuuummm this scares the bejesus out of me!

    August 5, 2011 at 4:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • ArtInChicago

      I'm right behind ya running...aiyeeee!!!!

      August 5, 2011 at 4:35 pm | Report abuse |
  3. hippypoet

    it reminds me of the movie Patch Adams... when he builds the giant chick with her legs spread as to either give birth or do a lil something something!!

    August 5, 2011 at 4:27 pm | Report abuse |
  4. CatfishMammy

    I'd paddle into she mouth an brush she teef cause u know she breath be stank!!

    August 5, 2011 at 4:28 pm | Report abuse |
  5. db

    Better hope that nobody floats a long circular vibrating, oh forget it.

    August 5, 2011 at 4:28 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Ewww

    Looks like she is trying to squeeze out an underwater turtle, if you know what I mean.

    August 5, 2011 at 4:34 pm | Report abuse |
  7. ComeOnYourMom

    Someone needs to spray paint some man splooge on her face.

    August 5, 2011 at 4:38 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Josh

    Why? Just why?

    August 5, 2011 at 4:39 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Floatilla

    When a tsunami hits they can just say she had a bad flow day.

    August 5, 2011 at 4:39 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Pauley

    Madonna bathing!

    August 5, 2011 at 4:42 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Karen

    German snobbishness? "jhjhkhkjh" sounds like someone who's never travelled. Many interesting things go on in Europe that we never see in the US because our news is so restricted to the local scene and wars...nothing else.
    When I lived in Germany in the late 60's, commercials were grouped together and shown in a time slot, rather than the US method of interrupting the show every 8 minutes. Much more intelligent and respectful to the viewer. AND, their ads were funny and fun to watch. How long did it take US advertisers to start making entertaining commercials? The US is really so far behind many European countries in many ways. Hey, I'm American born and raised but it is what it is!

    August 5, 2011 at 4:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dawn

      Karen, I agree! I am American, too. I lived in Europe for about 1/3 of my life (Spain and Germany). Europe has a lot to offer.

      August 5, 2011 at 4:52 pm | Report abuse |
  12. YEP

    hot dog down a hallway for sure!

    August 5, 2011 at 4:48 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Joseph Bleaux

    Hmm... I wonder if she's anatomically correct?

    August 5, 2011 at 4:49 pm | Report abuse |
  14. boyamidumb

    Love it! It makes you look, it makes you think, it's well done. Forget WHY they did it and enjoy IT.

    August 5, 2011 at 4:49 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Burbank

    When the promo is over maybe they can sell her to a film company for a remake of the Attack of the 50 Foot Woman. Gotta love those silly old 1950's monster movies!

    August 5, 2011 at 4:49 pm | Report abuse |
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