Skip to Main Content

Mermaid statue.

Mermaid Meant For South Carolina

Field review by the editors.

Jacksonville, Florida

In the 1990s the city of Beaufort, South Carolina, had money in the budget for public art in its waterfront park. Fifteen entries were submitted to the local arts commission, and the unanimous choice was a four-ton, 14-foot-long stone mermaid riding a wave with her aquatic friends.

But Beaufort's city council was unhappy. First, the sculptor, with the artistic name of Thomas Glover W., described his work as "erotic." The city council made him promise to cover the mermaid's breasts. They demanded more and more changes, until Glover W. abandoned the mermaid concept altogether, in favor of a white porpoise named "Carolina Snowball."

It gradually became clear that no compromise was good enough for the city council, which simply canceled the public art project.

But Thomas Glover W. couldn't get the mermaid out of his head, and, a decade later, when a developer in his home state of Florida asked him to design a sculpture for an outdoor fountain at a Jacksonville strip mall, that's where the mermaid ended up -- unfettered by clothes or council.

Mermaid Meant For South Carolina

13475 Atlantic Blvd, Jacksonville, FL
On the north side of FL-10/Atlantic Blvd, just west of the intersection of FL-101A/San Pablo Rd.
Save to My Sights

Nearby Offbeat Places

Statue of PegasusStatue of Pegasus, Jacksonville Beach, FL - 4 mi.
Brumos Automotive MuseumBrumos Automotive Museum, Jacksonville, FL - 5 mi.
Surfer StatueSurfer Statue, Jacksonville Beach, FL - 4 mi.
In the region:
Parking Garage Lighthouse, Jacksonville, FL - 12 mi.

More Quirky Attractions in Florida

Stories, reports and tips on tourist attractions and odd sights in Florida.

Explore Thousands of Unique Roadside Landmarks!

Strange and amusing destinations in the US and Canada are our specialty. Start here.
Use's Attraction Maps to plan your next road trip.

My Sights

My Sights on Roadside America

Create and Save Your Own Crazy Road Trip! ...Try My Sights

Mobile Apps

Roadside America app: iPhone, iPad Roadside America app for iPhone, iPad. On-route maps, 1,000s of photos, special research targets! ...More

Roadside Presidents app: iPhone, iPad Roadside Presidents app for iPhone, iPad. POTUS landmarks, oddities. ...More

Florida Latest Tips and Stories

Latest Visitor Tips

Sight of the Week

Sight of the Week

Poozeum: Dinosaur Turds, Williams, Arizona (Jun 10-16, 2024)

SotW Archive

USA and Canada Tips and Stories

More Sightings