Tarpon Springs Florida's Mermaid on the bayou is indeed something to see! This 6'4" bronze status is located in Craig Park, directly on the beautiful waters of the bayou.
The statue has a vase sponge at the mermaid's feet. Called 'Ama of Tarpon Springs', the mermaid statue is part of the Amaryllis Art for Charity Project sponsored by Koh-i-Noor, a German company. The goal of the company is to place 100 of these statues around the world and this one in Tarpon Springs is number seventeen in the series. She is also the first one on the East Coast of the United States.
Cast in bronze in Thailand and shipped to Tarpon Springs Florida The name Ama comes from the Japanese word that refers to the Japanese pearl divers. It is also nickname of the French artist Amaryllis Bataille, who created the mermaid. If you click the link to the artists name, it will take you to a website with information on the other Ama statues and their locations around the planet.