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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soundoff (185 Responses)
  1. StarShooter7

    She is taking a break, smoking a kelp cigarette, waiting for the mermen to get off work.

    August 5, 2011 at 6:33 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Nick

    Laugh or Criticize it ended up as World Wide marketing.....Brilliant

    August 5, 2011 at 6:33 pm | Report abuse |
  3. sarah

    It is GREAT

    August 5, 2011 at 6:34 pm | Report abuse |
  4. JoePub

    Now the fish are going to smell like that.

    August 5, 2011 at 6:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • Barneyjake

      Poor fish.

      August 5, 2011 at 6:51 pm | Report abuse |
  5. JoePub

    I like to go swimming with bowlegged women...

    August 5, 2011 at 6:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • Reilleyfam

      Spoken like a true Quint fan. Fare well and adieu you fair spanish ladies!

      Her lies the body of Gini Lee.
      Lived to the age of a hundred and three.
      For 15 years she kept her virginity, not too bad for THIS vicinity!

      August 5, 2011 at 6:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • f

      Love it ! If you go see the lady in the lake.... you're gonna need a bigger boat !

      August 5, 2011 at 6:52 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Hello

    2 Ton Mermaidm..... er, ah, I didn't think Mermaids had legs. Those are legs, aren't they?

    August 5, 2011 at 6:38 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Reilleyfam

    I'm married to a giant beautiful curvy German gal, so I'd feel right at home!

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

    Why are her knees pulled up so close to her head? I can tell ya, most women don't bathe like that.

    August 5, 2011 at 6:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • PinkFlam

      So she can make bubbles big enough to capsize that boat.

      August 5, 2011 at 7:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • Thia

      They're actually not that close to her head. It's the camera angle. I've seen a few other pictures of this and this art piece (advertisement) is quite long.

      August 5, 2011 at 7:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • thetruth

      If she has gas, that boat capsizes.

      August 5, 2011 at 7:21 pm | Report abuse |
  9. chug

    I'm prepping my snorkel gear~!!!

    August 5, 2011 at 6:58 pm | Report abuse |
  10. pulsars

    Is that the natural color of the lake or did she pee in there?

    August 5, 2011 at 7:02 pm | Report abuse |
  11. karin bryant

    ..Christine Nielsen swimming in the Alster???? who would have thunk it...LOL

    August 5, 2011 at 7:03 pm | Report abuse |
  12. StarShooter7

    She gives 'Blow-Job' a whole new meaning.

    August 5, 2011 at 7:12 pm | Report abuse |
  13. trollsRstupid

    Germans seem classy. If it was in the US, it would have had graffiti and objects stuck to it to provoke disgust.

    August 5, 2011 at 7:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • thetruth

      If it was in the US it would of been stolen by now. And oh yes it can be done. Leave it to a bunch of drunken Americans and that thing would be gone overnight. Shazam!

      August 5, 2011 at 7:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • BillyBob

      If it were the US some right wing church would demand it be taken down!

      August 5, 2011 at 7:37 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Bobby

    I wonder what they are going to do with the sculptor after the 10 days are over.

    August 5, 2011 at 7:14 pm | Report abuse |
  15. RosanneBarr

    Thanks for the statue of me Germany!

    August 5, 2011 at 7:16 pm | Report abuse |
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