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. FrankinNC

    They should have installed strategically-placed air tanks on the floor of the lake to release a large volume of air at random intervals.

    August 5, 2011 at 7:20 pm | Report abuse |
  2. yo yo

    I too would look as startled as the giant lady if while taking a dip a miniature boat showed up with tiny people in it.

    August 5, 2011 at 7:24 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Growski

    Lets thank our customers by dumping 2 tons of metal and vanity in their lake?

    August 5, 2011 at 7:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • Quincey9

      Excuse me, but if you'd take the time to actually read the article you'd know that the people of Germany 'embraced' this product line. If there's a better reason to dump toxic laden advertising material in a lake other than 'embracing' I'm sure that I've never heard of it.

      August 5, 2011 at 7:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • mitch

      can you imagine how long would it take to shave them legs lol..

      August 5, 2011 at 8:41 pm | Report abuse |
  4. GetReal

    Creepy....

    August 5, 2011 at 7:36 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Lost

    Just imagine what would happen is she farted...

    August 5, 2011 at 7:44 pm | Report abuse |
  6. clinky

    Kinda looks like Madonna

    August 5, 2011 at 7:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • philtration

      Except Madonna does not bathe.

      August 5, 2011 at 8:34 pm | Report abuse |
  7. nrg

    Time to go clam diving

    August 5, 2011 at 7:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • VeeZee

      I see what you did there!

      August 5, 2011 at 8:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • Emigdio

      Bow chick bow wow

      August 5, 2011 at 8:55 pm | Report abuse |
  8. whynot

    Her expression suggests that there may be several divers stuck in a cave somewhere...

    August 5, 2011 at 7:55 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Cadecker

    nice work Mr. Voss..very good 🙂

    August 5, 2011 at 7:55 pm | Report abuse |
  10. DP

    Where have I heard that before? A lake, a giant creepy sculpture made out of styrofoam and lightning rods...

    Oh, yeah, Rest in Peace, Big Butter Jesus.

    August 5, 2011 at 8:04 pm | Report abuse |
  11. rufud

    And thanks CNN for further propagating their advertising campaign!

    August 5, 2011 at 8:23 pm | Report abuse |
  12. CheeseSteak

    I heard there was a secret tunnel

    August 5, 2011 at 8:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • DCheney

      You win the thread!

      August 5, 2011 at 8:45 pm | Report abuse |
  13. kazz

    Mermaids don't have legs.

    August 5, 2011 at 8:32 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Erik

    To me, she looks like Christian Slayter in drag. Rather disturbing.

    August 5, 2011 at 8:34 pm | Report abuse |
  15. forgetthis

    I wonder if their beauty products make you look as ugly as their sculpture.

    August 5, 2011 at 8:34 pm | Report abuse |
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