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. meagain

    Something reminds me of Eva Braun!

    August 5, 2011 at 8:47 pm | Report abuse |
  2. derekur

    there something just aint right about this.. it quite disturbing, distasteful.

    August 5, 2011 at 9:05 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Across12

    Typical German expression, nice legs though.

    August 5, 2011 at 9:07 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Elizabeth

    Luv , luv it. Wish there was more art such as this to brighten the daily grind. It's always the unexpected that makes people smile.

    August 5, 2011 at 9:13 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Money and time well spent

    How exciting – what will come next .... yawn !

    These days : Art = Fart

    ...and is as memorable, impacting and lasting.

    August 5, 2011 at 9:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • BeerBrewerDan

      C'mon Marge! Less artsy, more fartsy!

      August 31, 2011 at 1:09 pm | Report abuse |
  6. F Daniel Gray

    "......, we've been looking for a way to say, 'thank you..., for embracing our products, and making us a real success..." What insidious nonsense, it's addressed to the mentality of 12 year olds. "... thank you?" Easy, lower the price.

    I recently returned from a class reunion in Sackville, NB; went by way of Vancouver, BC, from Burbank, CA. I had never been to Vancouver international airport, so was strongly impressed with the huge hanging structures depicting replicas of the First Nations peoples (the now Canadian designation, which replaces the racist term "indian" we insist on using) totem sculptures. There were also dioramas at eye or waist level, placed throughout the terminal. Pleasant and informative reminders of what it means to be human. Hopefully undermining the, "we're number one, and the best ever," mentality so prevalent here, at "home." Never saw anything like it at LAX, etc. But then, such might be considered too controversial.

    August 5, 2011 at 9:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ron

      Indian is not racist you idiot. It's derivative of indigenous as in Indigenous people. Out of control political correctness.

      August 6, 2011 at 4:59 am | Report abuse |
    • Mary

      If you knew anything about American Indians you'd know they actually prefer that term to all of the politically correct garbage being thrown around like "Native American," which is most often used.

      August 6, 2011 at 9:43 am | Report abuse |
    • Meke

      I worked for years as a teacher in BIA schools. The students and their families use the term Indian to describe the whole of American indigenous people but nearly all I've ever met prefer to be described by their tribes, creeds or clans. Navajos have a very different language, culture and history than say, the Mohawks and don't much appreciate being grouped with them regardless of the term used. In that regard, Canada has done no better than the USA.

      August 8, 2011 at 3:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • Chuck Chander

      for jesus sake... Indians are people from INDIA! LOOK AT A MAP! and, we are talking about a big ol statue, not Native people.

      August 9, 2011 at 11:56 am | Report abuse |
    • Greg

      "Indian" is not racist but it should be dropped as a term for Native American.

      It's just too inconvenient, when describing a person whose ancestry is from India, to say "Indian from India" or "India Indian". "Hindu" doesn't work because not everyone there is a Hindu. A Muslim Indian would not want to be so described.

      Amerindian or Native American or a specific tribal name should be used and made customary by insisting on it in the schools.

      August 17, 2011 at 12:57 am | Report abuse |
    • Mark

      "Indian" is not derived from "indigenous" ... What home school did you attend?

      August 26, 2011 at 3:58 pm | Report abuse |
  7. samsam

    This is awesome... It would be tough to please this woman though... i guess it would involve holding your breath and using your entire body...

    August 5, 2011 at 9:59 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Bonita

    Stupid Germans. What a public disturbance on the waterscape. 7 million German boys died 65 years ago in vain.

    August 6, 2011 at 12:56 am | Report abuse |
    • matt

      Wow, that part about 7 million dead Germans boys sure was relevant to the story. I'm sure you're the life of every party you go to.

      August 6, 2011 at 1:40 am | Report abuse |
  9. Nitalynn

    Um...what happened to the story about the Arctic ice I clicked on? She is cute but I don't think she is really hot enough to have melted it!

    August 6, 2011 at 12:06 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Gimmy y. Lee

    mysterioso beautiful woman sculpture in lake

    August 8, 2011 at 9:49 am | Report abuse |
  11. artefakt

    In Chicago there are too exhibitions of giant full-figures. Reading the comments to this exhibition in Hamburg shows all the ignorance of humans in the case of art

    August 8, 2011 at 12:52 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Walter Freeman

    nice knees.

    August 11, 2011 at 2:18 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Cora

    Indian may or may not be racist but it is most certainly not derived from indigenous. The use of the term Indian for Native American or First Nation or whatever PC term you want to use came from European confusion. Columbus thought he had found islands off the coast of India and referred to the people he 'discovered' as Indians or natives of India.

    August 13, 2011 at 10:44 pm | Report abuse |
  14. sick of republican phonies

    When something unexpected widens your eyes with an almost child-like sense of wonder, that's enough to make it "art" to me.

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

    all I want to know is if she is wearing a one piece or two piece swimsuit.

    August 16, 2011 at 1:41 am | Report abuse |
    • jennygirl

      she's bathing, not swimming.

      August 17, 2011 at 11:35 am | Report abuse |
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