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Odd Spots - A not-so-little mermaid - OU0075


Hidden by  donbadabon

N 38° 53.552' W 77° 09.089' (WGS84)

 Coordinates in Other Systems
 Location: United States > Virginia
 Cache Type: Virtual
 Size: No container
 Status: Archived
 Date Hidden: 29 August 2010
 Date Created: 29 August 2010
 Last Modified: 17 September 2014
 Waypoint: OU0075


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{{not_found}} 0 x Did Not Find
{{comment}} 2 Comments
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2 Watchers
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GeoKrety History

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Comments by the OC Team

Data: 08/29/2010 13:42:06, add by RVRoadTrip
Some might be offended by the statue. Please see the picture below to determine if you or someone you might take with you would be offended before going to the site.

Description   EN   


She used to be a white ash tree, more than 100 years old, a grande dame that shaded the graceful, Mediterranean-style house on Lee Highway near the Falls Church line. It took sick, as old trees do, and her grieving owners couldn't bring themselves to chop it down.

They hired a sculptur who started at the base and carefully chipped out each scale of the mermaid's tail. A fish and a seahorse emerged. Moving up, he created a graceful rear end, then gave the lady long, manlike arms that reach skyward, releasing a dove.

The final result was an 18-foot tall-mermaid with very large, um, mermaid parts.

Some folks complained, and the County code enforcement officers got involved. "We deemed it art and closed the case."


You cannot park directly in front of the house, but you can park on a side street right down the road at

N38 53.592, W077 09.018

and then walk up the public sidewalk to see the house.



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Additional Waypoints

 Symbol   Type   Coordinates  Description
Parking AreaN 38° 53.592'
W 77° 09.018'
 Park here, and then walk to the virtual. 




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9 17 September 2014 donbadabon Cache archived

Too bad this one is no longer there.

Archiving this Cache.

3 17 September 2014 RecumBrent Comment

News articles say the mermaid carving is gone. :{
18-Foot-Tall Mermaid Carved from Tree - Gone
It was a big tree, so it was a big mermaid. Carved in 2004.... Stood for 10 years before bugs got to her. Cut down in Spring 2014.
Busty Mermaid Carving Cut Down — May 5, 2014
The mermaid carving that drew national attention when it was put up for sale in 2011 has been cut down. ... a poster on the Facebook page said it was “becoming too rotted and infested with ants.”

Frontal Photo here:

1 02 August 2012 cycleangela Found it

I stopped by on my way to a class this evening to find a few caches. Another one of those odd things you see around. I saw the last log that they were trying to sell it, but it's certainly still there. Thanks for the cache!

3 21 July 2011 donbadabon Comment

Looks like the owners are trying to sell the mermaid:





1 14 September 2010 nighthawk700 Found it

How do you find out about these things?  I've driven by here many times and never noticed the carving, let alone the back story!  I left for work early this morning and took the long way so I could stop by and pick this up.  The sun hadn't risen yet, but there was enough light that I could see the mermaid. 

Thanks for the interesting virtual!