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Vancouver Icons: Girl in Wetsuit

June 10th, 2011 @ 10:47am (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

On this day in Vancouver history, June 10, 1972, the Girl in Wetsuit statue was revealed just off the north shore of Stanley Park. She was commissioned by Douglas Brown, a local lawyer, who approached sculptor Elek Imredy in 1968. He wanted the statute to be based on Hans Christian Andersen’s Little Mermaid that sits in the water in Copenhagen. I wrote more about our Girl in Wetsuit’s history in 2008.


The Little Mermaid
Copenhagen’s Little Mermaid. Photo credit: hoangnt on Flickr


Photo credit: blueviking63 on Flickr

Girl in Wetsuit, Vancouver
Photo credit: Taylor McConnell on Flickr

Photo credit: Wendy North on Flickr

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Photo credit: (Left) tgreyfox (Right) cwagdom on Flickr

Girl in a Wetsuit
Photo credit: Matthew Kendall on Flickr

Stanley Park Fishermen
Photo credit: Larissa Sayer on Flickr

Girl in a wetsuit
Photo credit: Ben Shepherd on Flickr

Lion's Gate Bridge, Vancouver
Photo credit: sallylondon on Flickr

Over the years our Girl out there in the water has been the subject of many photos, a resting place for animals and birds, and sometimes she’s been dressed up in celebration (most recently in Canucks apparel).

Girl In A Wetsuit
Photo credit: PiscesDreamer on Flickr

Girl in Wetsuit
Photo credit: flinner! on Flickr

Girl In A Wetsuit
Photo credit: Philip Tong on Flickr

The Girl in a Wetsuit
Photo credit: Michael Schmidt on Flickr

Girl In A Wetsuit
Photo credit: Philip Tong on Flickr

Previous Vancouver Icons posts include: The Sun Tower, The Hotel Vancouver, The Gassy Jack Statue, The Marine Building, and The Angel of Victory. Should you have a suggestion for the Vancouver Icons series please feel free to leave a note in the comments. It should be a thing, statue, or place that is very visible to the public every day.

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  1. Sarah says:

    Hi Rebecca,

    Thanks for the great post! Always enjoy reading your blog. For Vancouver icons, as someone who works in tourism, I can think of many… Some which immediately spring to mind are:
    – steamclock
    – the downtown Vancouver Public Library
    – Lions Gate Bridge
    – the VAN-EAST cross
    – the red lit entrance sign to Granville Island (hanging under the bridge)
    – science world dome
    – vancouver convention centre
    – orca statue outside of the aquarium

    … And I’m sure there are many more you could do also, depending on what you define as a ‘Vancouver Icon’. I look forward to reading about them!

  2. Heather D says:

    Hi Rebecca, love the local history & photos. More suggestions:
    – Carnegie Library in DTES
    – Nat Bailey stadium (or whatever they call it now)
    – Fort Langley, if Icons includes GVRD. Where else in BC has had a cannon battle?!
    – the Lions (peaks)
    – surviving remnants of Expo 86 (buildings & art) – or was that covered during the 25th anniversary?

  3. I am from Vancouver, B.C. Canada, born and raised. I live in California now and my favorite memory is of Stanley Park and the girl in the wetsuit picture. Thanks for posting!!!

  4. eschelle says:

    I have always loved that Hans Christian Anderson statue and I can’t help but love taking pictures of our wonderful “Girl in a Wetsuit”, just as awesome as a visit to Siwash rock.

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