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Arlington, Virginia: 18-Foot-Tall Mermaid Carved From Tree (Gone)

It was a big tree, so it was a big mermaid. Carved in 2004 in Paul Jackson's yard. Stood for 10 years before bugs got to her. Cut down in Spring 2014.

South side of US Hwy 29/Lee Hwy, between Quantico and Powhatan Sts.

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Mermaid carved from dead tree.

18-Foot-Tall Mermaid Carved from Tree

In someone's yard. Really cool, but awkward to get a picture.

[Flo, 07/30/2013]

That right arm used to be in the air.... perhaps it swivels?

18-ft Tall mermaid carved from tree

The mermaid in Arlington seemed to be getting along just swimmingly when I passed by last week. I guess the owner could not find a buyer on Craigslist! The Mermaid is also accessible on the Metro 3A, 3B, and 3E bus routes.

[Emily W., 05/21/2012]

Carved mermaid.

18-Foot-Tall Mermaid

If you've ever wanted to possess a giant wooden mermaid with immense breasts -- now's your chance.

Paul Jackson has put his splintery siren up for sale on Craigslist. The 18-foot-tall mermaid was carved in 2004 from a dying tree in Jackson's front yard. Now the dead tree's roots are failing, according to Jackson's ad, and he wants to sell his buxom giantess rather than watch her topple over and become the victim of bad pun news headlines.

The buyer will be responsible for slicing her from the tree, somehow protecting her extremities from impact, and hauling her to her new home.

[ Team, 07/20/2011]
Mermaid Carved Out of a Tree

This is just a clarification regarding the mermaid carved out of a tree, on Lee Highway. It's actually in Arlington, not Falls Church.

Also I would like to point out that there are serious spotlights pointed at the mermaid, so she's still visible at night.

[EA, 06/14/2009]

Carved mermaid in Falls Church.

Mermaid Carved Out of a Tree

In this guy's front yard there is a huge carved mermaid. He carved it from a tree that used to sit in his front yard.

[Amanda, 09/06/2004]

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