Girl in a Wetsuit is a life-size 1972 bronze sculpture by Elek Imredy of a woman in a wetsuit, located on a rock in the water along the north side of Stanley Park, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.
Every day, rain or shine, I stop my bicycle on the 10 km ride around the Seawall of Stanley Park and take a photo on my phone of Girl in a Wetsuit. My birthplace is over her shoulder and in all 1700+ snaps. Here is a small sample.
Girl in a Wetsuit Description
The bronze sculpture depicts a friend of Imredy’s, Debra Harrington, in a wetsuit with flippers on her feet and a mask on her forehead.
Although some believe it was a replica of Copenhagen’s The Little Mermaid, the creator stated:
I didn’t believe we should have a copy of the mermaid. She is rightfully a symbol of Copenhagen… I proposed to have a life-size scuba diver seated there. At that time scuba diving was getting quite popular here in Vancouver and, just as important, I didn’t know of any similar sculpture anywhere in the world. It was a new idea… There was tremendous opposition and great controversy. I still don’t know why.