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Fairy tale sculptures in Odense

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Watch the fairy tale figures of H. C. Andersen come to live all over Odense – in parks and in the streets and alleys you can meet 16 sculptures, all inspired by the fairy tales of Hans Christian Andersen.

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The Trinity
Photo: Joan Jensen
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The Trinity

Bjørn Nørgaard's portrait of Hans Christian Andersen

Three separate personas twisted together and then apart. This portrait of Hans Christian Andersen is as complex as the writer himself, which was t...

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Thumbelina - Sculpture by Lotte Olsen
Photo: Johan Joensen
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Thumbelina - Sculpture by Lotte Olsen

Thumbelina stands in her flower, looking for the swallow that is coming to take her away to warmer countries.

This sculpture is based on the fairy tale Thumbelina, written by Hans Christian Andersen....

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Hans Christian Andersen on a bench
Photo: Claes Beck Poulsen
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Hans Christian Andersen on a bench

Hans Christian Andersen sitting on a bench is just one of the total of 5 sculptures surrounding the entrance of the hotel.

Jens Galschiøt (1954 - ) created this statue of the famous writer and made i...

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The Steadfast Tinsoldier
Photo: VisitOdense
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The Steadfast Tinsoldier

This is another take on one of Hans Christian Andersen's favourite themes; the romance between two inanimate objects. The one-legged tin soldier falls in love with a paper ballerina, and just as the t...

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The Hans Christian Andersen Statue
Photo: VisitOdense
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The Hans Christian Andersen Statue

This bronce statue was revealed on June the 19th in 1888 in the Kings Garden. In 1905 it was moved to Graabroedre Plads and in 1949 it was moved to it's current position in the Fairytale Garden.

The ar...

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The Paper Boat, Sculpture
Photo: Ukendt
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The Paper Boat, Sculpture

The boat, "sailing" in the lake in the Fairytale Garden, often makes visitors think of the tale of the Steadfast Tin Soldier.

In the tale about the one legged tin soldier, who is hopelessly in love wit...

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The Butterflies in the lake
Photo: Ukendt
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The Butterflies in the lake

In Munkemose you can find this fine sculpture/decoration of coloured butterflies floating above the water in the small lake. The inspiration for the sculpture comes from Hans Christian Andersen's fair...

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The Mermaid - Sculpture
Photo: Per Madsen
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The Mermaid - Sculpture

The mermaid is a mythical and magical creature, who lures people into their death with her song and her beautiful body.

This mermaid is placed on a 3-4-meter-high base so that we view her as from the...

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The Wild Swans - Sculpture
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The Wild Swans - Sculpture

The dynamic sculpture shows the 11 brothers and their sister, Elisa, who is lying naked on the swans’ wings, as they fly away.

The tale of “The Wild Swans” tells the story about a king, who remarries...

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The Sea Horse - Sculpture
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The Sea Horse - Sculpture

At the entrance to Munke Mose, it is impossible to miss this powerful, snorting fable animal with a mermaid on its back.

Agnete’s Lullaby (the inspiration for this sculpture) is part of one of Hans C...

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The Emperor's New Clothes
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The Emperor's New Clothes

Keld Moseholm's (1936 -) sculpture is based on the fairy tale “The Emperors new Clothes” and you can almost hear the small boy yelling "But he hasn't got anything on", as the emperor looks at himself ...

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The Woman with the Eggs
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The Woman with the Eggs

When strolling along the pedestrian street Kongensgade, you will find the sculpture “The Woman with the Eggs”, standing tall where Kongensgade meets Slotsgade.

The woman dreamed of more, fantasizing ...

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The Toad - Sculpture in Vintapperstraede
Photo: Joan Jensen
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The Toad - Sculpture in Vintapperstraede

Hans Christian Andersen's tale about the toad is a tale about dreaming of seeing more of the world and travelling out to do so. It is also the inspiration for this little sculpture that you can find i...

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The Shepherdess and the Chimney Sweep
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The Shepherdess and the Chimney Sweep

Placed on a 5 meters high plinth, the Shepherdess and the Chimney Sweep are ready to take on the world.

The tale about the shepherdess and the chimney sweep is, just as other tales by Hans Christian ...

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The Darning Needle
Photo: Joan Jensen
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The Darning Needle

This sculpture contains two parts, symbolizing the characters from the tale; the Darning Needle and the Pin.

The tale of the Darning Needle is about a pin, who believes it is just as, if not more, im...

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The Flying Trunk
Photo: Marianne With
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The Flying Trunk

This H.C. Andersen sculpture is number four out of a series of eight and was revealed in 1995. The artist is Jens Flemming Sørensen.

The motive is taken from the fairytale of "The Flying Trunk" and d...

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