“The Reïncarnation of the Mermaid”

By Jan-Carel Koster

The Reïncarnation of the Mermaid

“With this sculpture I want to clarify, not only for myself, but also for others what love is and can do. Not only is it beautiful, but it can also be treacherous. Yet those who think and look honestly will reap the right fruits.”Jan Carel

Technical Information

Material:  Beech
Origins:  The Netherlands
Height:  220 cm

Seductive mermaid

“The Mermaid who can seduce and kidnap you with her love. That can destroy you, take you to the deepest depths. Who is vengeful and can be ruthless when she is hurt. She lets the greedy man watch with her beautiful upper body and gives the impression that everything is possible. But the cold and scaly fish tail, first underwater, is not only an anticlimax but also a sign that nothing is possible. She’s not even a virgin, in fact – she’s not even a woman from below. She represents the alluring unattainable. She attracts and repels. Turns the man’s head around, but also destroys him like a real femme fatale, avant la leBre. Anyone who listens to her is lost.”

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Greek mythology

The Mermaid is probably one of the best-known figures from Classical mythology. Who hasn’t heard of the charming half-fish, half-human women who, with their seductive, melodious voices, lure ships and entire crews to the rocks only to watch them sink?
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Beech wood

Beech wood is renowned for its excellent workability. It is easy to machine, cut, and shape. It turns, glues, and finishes well. The wood takes stains and finishes uniformly, allowing for a smooth and attractive surface. Because of the requirements of this sculpture Beech was the perfect choice.


Are you interested in having a bespoke artwork made for you? There is a wide variety of possibilities, from type of wood used, dimensions and personalizations. Don’t hesitate to reach out to Jan-Carel to find out what’s possible.

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