This statue is a representation of Weeki Wachee Springs through the years, including much of its history as well as what visitors might see at the park today. The rock the mermaid sits on represents the early years of Weeki Wachee, all the way back to the first original theatre build in 1947. Some will recognize images from old photographs, including scenes of Newt Perry, past mermaids and a popular seahorse prop named “Bubbles.”
Other scenes include Elvis Presley as well as the mermaid’s signature move, the Adagio. Each scene on the rock is a direct representation of real photographs taken at the spring over the last 75 years. The mermaid herself brings the statue to life; her tail represents what the spring, the park, and the shows look like today. You will also notice different species of wildlife found in the spring and inside the park.
The artist states, “Weeki Wachee Springs holds a special place in visitors and local’s hearts alike, where it unfolds memories of magic, mermaids, and old Florida fun for the past 75 years. I hope mermaids of the past can look at this statue and reminisce on the best years of their lives. I hope guests coming to see the park for the first time will be in awe of the history this place holds. Overall I hope it will captivate viewers to keep looking at all of the hidden details, and bring a smile to everyone who knows and loved the spring.”
About the Artist:
Brooksville artist, Lydia Singer, originally from the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina, has been drawing and painting from a young age. Her father, who was also her middle school art teacher, taught and inspired her love of painting subjects from nature in their realistic forms. She challenges herself with each new project, in effort to bring to life her works of art to the best of her ability.
She graduated from East Tennessee State University in 2017 with a bachelor’s degree in Studio Arts. As much as she loves drawing and sculpting as a hobby, she much prefers picking up a paint brush along with her acrylic and oil paints.
Lydia’s move to Florida in 2018 brought many adventures, one of them in becoming a Weeki Wachee Mermaid. Her love for the water and marine life inspires her artwork today, as she continues to focus on bettering her skills.