Town Point Park Mermaid - Karen: The Norfolk Mermaid
Mark Leichliter of Fort Collins, Colo., who has specialized in public art since 1994, designed and fabricated the mermaid. His work is perched atop a new fountain between the Half Moone Cruise and Celebration Center and Nauticus, and cost the city about $52,000. That includes installation but not the fountain.
"This is not a public art project," city publicist Bob Batcher said. "This is part of the brand expansion." The work commemorates the 10th anniversary of the mermaid as the city's brand image,
Leichliter, 42, was given a tight deadline. His final design was approved in mid-May. From May 20 to June 23, when the city picked up his 12-foot-long piece, Leichliter clocked 300 hours. (2009)
This sculpture was commissioned to celebrate the redevelopment of downtown Norfolk’s Town Point Park. Situated along the bank of the Elizabeth River, Norfolk's maritime roots are reflected in the mermaid, which is the City mascot. This sculpture was created as the centerpiece to a fountain at the park's entrance, directly in front of the Half Moone Cruise and Celebration Center