In a bid to protect one of Copenhagens most popular tourist sights, the city council is considering moving the statue of the Little Mermaid in the harbour a few metres offshore. The 93-year-old bronze sculpture by Edward Eriksen, which is currently accessible via a stone walkway, has been repeatedly vandalised in past years. It has also suffered wear and tear from tourists, over a million of whom clamber over the statue each year to have their souvenir photo taken. Copenhagens keeper of public monuments Jens Peter Munk said the council is looking into the aesthetic and economic implications of the move. The Little Mermaid statue is based on one of Hans Christian Andersens fairytale characters.