Tarpon Springs Florida's Mermaid On The Bayou

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.

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Bruce Walter
Keller Williams Realty Lafayette/West Lafayette, Indiana - West Lafayette, IN

Barbara-Jo, this is interesting that Tarpon Springs was able to host one of these bronze statues and certainly an honor as the only location on the East Coast to have one.  You mentioned the sponge vase is Tarpon Springs located near any of the sponge diving port locations in Florida?  I remember my parents showing pictures of stopping by a town in Florida where it was still a thriving business in the 70's, but have no idea where it was.

Mar 28, 2015 06:48 AM #1
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

It was snowing today as we traveled to Longwood Gardens. We should be visiting with you.

Mar 28, 2015 08:23 AM #2
Michele Connors
The Overton Group, LLC Pitt & Carteret County - Greenville, NC
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I went to Tarpon Springs as a child and still have the black pearl earrings that I had made with my diver findings !! You jsut brought a memory back I had long ago tucked away !!! Beautiful statue....

does someone deliver the flowers or do random acts of kindness just happen  ???

Mar 28, 2015 08:37 AM #3
Debbie Laity
Cedaredge Land Company - Cedaredge, CO
Your Real Estate Resource for Delta County, CO

That's a beautiful statue. What an honor for Tarpon Springs to be chosen as a community for one of the statues in this series. 

Mar 28, 2015 12:43 PM #4
Larry Johnston
Broker, Friends & Neighbors Real Estate and Elkhart County Subdivisions, LLC - Elkhart, IN
Broker,Friends & Neighbors Real Estate, Elkhart,IN

Hi Barbara-Jo Roberts Berberi, MA, TRC - Greater Clearwater Florida Residential Real Estate Professional ,  Tarpon Springs sure is fortunate to be part of these great sculptures.

Mar 28, 2015 01:19 PM #5
Florida Tolbert Team Keller Williams Advantage
Keller Williams Advantage III Realty in Lake Nona - Orlando, FL
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Gorgeous piece of art and one day when she is returned to the sea, she will once again be home.  

Mar 28, 2015 01:32 PM #6
Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

Very neat, Barbara-Jo.  And an interesting take on the mermaid with legs and a fin.

Mar 28, 2015 08:23 PM #7
Joe Petrowsky
Mortgage Consultant, Right Trac Financial Group, Inc. NMLS # 2709 - Manchester, CT
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Good morning Barbara-Jo. She stands guard and keep all safe that travel these waters.

Mar 28, 2015 08:47 PM #8
Barbara-Jo Roberts Berberi, MA, PSA, TRC - Greater Clearwater Florida Residential Real Estate Professional
Charles Rutenberg Realty - Clearwater, FL
Palm Harbor, Dunedin, Clearwater, Safety Harbor

 To answer Bruce's question about the sponge diving industry, Tarpon Springs is THE sponge diving location here in Florida. The town was settled by Greeks who came over from the Greek islands specifically for the local sponge diving industry. Boats take tourists out now to show them how it used to be done years ago. There are sponges for sale all along the sponge docks in Tarpon Springs and GREAT Greek food is available in so many wonderful restaurants. If you speak the language, you can also use it here in Tarpon Springs but everyone also speaks English.

Mar 29, 2015 02:30 AM #9
Roger D. Mucci
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Love the sculpture, love the name.....Ama is one big girl.....for some lucky big boy.

Jun 04, 2015 09:52 PM #10
Ted Glover
Alderman Classic Realty, LLC - Moultrie, GA
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Hi Barbara-Jo a very interesting article. And such a great city being honored as the 1st one on the East coast to be selected with a beautiful statue.

Jun 04, 2015 09:53 PM #11
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