Monday, 09. October 2006
The Mermaids of Juan Cabana
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Fiji Mermaid

Mermaids exist in the twilight place between land and sea, in the psychological intertidal zone between life-giver and life-taker. Wanton, seductive and alluring, these amphibious goddesses of classical myth toy unabashedly with a man’s affections, offering him sweetness yet bringing only death. The paintings of the pre-Raphaelites portray mermaids as lovely maidens with a silvery aquatic tail, who comb their luxurious tresses in serene repose along a placid shore, but the mermaids of old were neither so innocent nor demure. With the sultry curve of their breasts and the dulcet darkness of their dreamy eyes, those half-forgotten ocean deities promised to reveal the secrets of the unattainable fathoms, only to drown men with their savage affection.


We are fascinated by mermaids because they represent the unknown, the mystical, and the dangerous predator behind a graceful face. Mermaids have captured our interest in the same way in which they snared the hearts of sailors, dizzying us and disorienting us, pulling us under the turquoise waves.

Many of the oldest stories claim that the merfolk have no tongues, yet this doesn’t keep them from casting their spell over the poor unfortunate who falls in love with them; one tale tells of a fisherman’s daughter who becomes infatuated with a merman but, when she discovers that he can never proclaim his love for her, she follows him into the ocean, only to perish.

Some claim that mermaids still sing their wordless melodies, playing amongst the waters and the waves. Juan Cabana, wandering the lonely shores of secluded beaches, has often found the mortal remains of these creatures. In life, they swim below the surface and rarely rise from the crushing deep, but upon death, the merciless storms cast their bodies up from the dark waters to deposit them on the white sand. Juan knows the distant coves where the currents bring them, and he gathers their remains with the hope of preserving them, honoring them, and showing humanity that we are not the only intelligent species on this beautiful planet. These teratisms of terrible beauty, wild and exotic, lie beyond the taint of human civilisation. They live in harmony with their aquatic environment, and Juan's respect for them has resulted in a never-ending search for mermaids and sea monsters around the world.


The Mermaids of Juan Cabana

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I assure you that they are art, maybe macabre art.
Artist Juan Cabana, using the remains of dead fish and assorted animals as his medium, creates fantastic new lifeforms for people to enjoy today. His life-like creations reflect his interest in Cryptozoology, Anthropology and Science Fiction. Currently, sea monsters and mermaids are his central focus. Juan hopes to someday have the world’s largest sea creature museum.
Category: Art & Visions Category: Myths & Sagas


omg they are so pritty, wouldnt have believed it if i didnt see it

am 02.04.08 @ 16:28 Uhr

that is so cool!

am 19.04.08 @ 22:05 Uhr

YA’LL IT’S NOT REAL! IT’S JUST A SHOE POLISHED DOLL, WITH A REALLY LONG FISH TAIL ATTACHED TO IT! MERMAIDS AREN’T REAL!  DUH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

am 02.05.08 @ 04:25 Uhr

"I assure you that they are art, maybe macabre art.
Artist Juan Cabana, using the remains of dead fish and assorted animals as his medium, creates fantastic new lifeforms for people to enjoy today. His life-like creations reflect his interest in Cryptozoology, Anthropology and Science Fiction. Currently, sea monsters and mermaids are his central focus. Juan hopes to someday have the world’s largest sea creature museum.”

If all of you could read then you would know he wasn’t trying to pass this art off as actual creatures. It’s merely a mythical creature given a form.

am 02.05.08 @ 07:00 Uhr

is so real:)

am 17.05.08 @ 10:54 Uhr

that is so real and cool!!!!!!!!!

am 03.06.08 @ 17:45 Uhr

wtf is dat real if they r den deir ugly as hell but id believe it

kenia am 06.06.08 @ 01:52 Uhr

I wrealy belive these things

am 06.06.08 @ 12:51 Uhr

It’s not real.
It’s art.

Read.

am 07.06.08 @ 00:14 Uhr

wow it looks real doesn’t

am 23.06.08 @ 15:09 Uhr

Mermaids are too real. How do think they got that and all the other bodies??

am 29.06.08 @ 05:15 Uhr

They used raw materials and built them.
It’s called fucking ART.

I’m not saying mermaids are real or that they aren’t, I for one have no idea, but these mermaids, are NOT real.

Read the fucking article, before you say such dumb things, please and thank you.

am 07.07.08 @ 05:27 Uhr

it is 100% real, ever since i was a child i believed it. And i always will.

am 09.07.08 @ 22:42 Uhr

I wish mermaids can be real. those pics do look real but looks can fool you. so, i dont know. i hope its real. i loooooove mermaids

am 16.07.08 @ 06:15 Uhr

this art is so real grin

am 17.07.08 @ 17:13 Uhr

it’s look 100% real

am 26.07.08 @ 07:27 Uhr

that is cool and scary!!!!!!!!

am 30.07.08 @ 00:55 Uhr

wow.... is this really true… i am so fascinated....

dhamphire am 03.08.08 @ 14:13 Uhr

WOW!!!! i love mermaids and toatlly belive in em’ and i wonder if there real??? cause if they r i toatlly love em’ and i just wrote this message under a minute
see ya
Love,
MOLLY a.k.a. mermaid

am 02.09.08 @ 15:42 Uhr

their ugly

but cool

roxy am 13.09.08 @ 16:44 Uhr

I have always believed in mermaids and whilst i look around on the internet i’ve seen all of the fake ones and this isn’t fake like the ones which r monkeys with fish tails!!this is real, and people says its ugly thats coz the hair probably died and fell out, mermaids are maybe myths or plain real. if u dnt believe in them its beacuse when u go to the beach u probably expect them to pop their heads out of the water to say hi. but maybe they are shy, or they cant breath in open air or sumin. they are real!

am 12.10.08 @ 18:56 Uhr

this looks so real i hope u read my coment because this mermaid looks real and it IS real so look at my coment and you will get the truth

am 25.10.08 @ 13:06 Uhr

I belive in mermaids and fairies. I belive that they exist. And they are sooo beautyful! how can you not like a cute girl with wings? Or nice girl with tail?
I will always belive that something like that exist, and if it does I would really like to see it. Those photos are so real.

am 21.11.08 @ 19:32 Uhr

Ahhh, I hope mermaids are real, and if they are there fucking ugly as shit. Those abominations to christ, Ahh there soooo ugly!!!!!!!

am 22.11.08 @ 00:39 Uhr

that isnt the real mermaid images the mermaid is just abig fish with no hands it has that large tail i saw it at the museum

am 29.11.08 @ 19:19 Uhr

i love mermaids.
i look them up at youtube.com
their so graceful. i would like to be one (with a helper mermaid,someone to show me around).

smile

am 08.12.08 @ 13:04 Uhr

Mermaids aren’t real and those statue things are hella ugly!!!
They totally faked the whole thing.
But hey my lil sis believes in mermaids!

am 14.12.08 @ 07:30 Uhr

..OhH mY GOsh bUT i dId nOt beLieve!.4 Me seE iS tO beLieve..

am 21.12.08 @ 02:15 Uhr

I think they are real and if they aren’t then all the pictures I have sen are FAKE

am 22.12.08 @ 04:43 Uhr

jeez, guys. juan cabana is an artist, read the red paragraph. that first part is just a story to make this all seem more mystical. maybe mermaids exist, maybe not. those are statues created by an artist.

am 31.12.08 @ 19:59 Uhr

myths or legends sabi ko sa inyo mermaids r true!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
they`re pretty odd u know????????????????????????

am 03.01.09 @ 12:39 Uhr

People if mermaids weren’t real then how is it that they could make such cool creatures? HUH?  Also people have seen real little Fairies and stuff. Of course some of the fantasys have to be real. Although these pictures are definetly not real Mermaids, although i am fasinated on how they could make something so cool.

am 26.01.09 @ 20:19 Uhr

its so real n scary

am 08.05.09 @ 15:54 Uhr

it is real and those who say it’s not are stupid do you live in the damn water NO!!!!!!!!! so you dont no what your talking about

am 08.05.09 @ 20:09 Uhr

it is real and those who say it’s not are stupid do you live in the damn water
NO!!!!!!!!!so you dont no what your talking about

am 09.05.09 @ 12:00 Uhr

of course mermaids and mermen are real, maybe not thease ones but were d yu think thay got the idea from,if no one believes in thease myths then christmas wouldnt be, all the stories for children wouldnt be oh how sad, and thats coming from me a banshe with a leprichourn for a husband lol..x

am 09.05.09 @ 16:00 Uhr

idk if they are real or not. i’ve never seen them. but as big as this earth is, wt makes you think we’re the only one’s here. we have animals. y wouldn’t there be any other animals we don’t know about? think about it. there is a lot of things we thought were real a long time ago that wasn’t. like the world being flat. n things we thought were not real. we have had so many discoveries. mermaids just isn’t one of these discoveries yet. (that are believeable anyway.)

am 20.05.09 @ 03:18 Uhr


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