Aug 22 2013

MermanThis work is by McMenamins artist Jenny Joyce, and it currently hangs upstairs at the Lighthouse Brewpub in Lincoln City, Ore.

Here's what Jenny has to say about it:

"This is my rendering of the manager, Erick, as a merman. I recently came across a photo of this and remembered how much I liked painting it. The decorative border contains references to hops and grapes, and he is drinking beer, and holding the paddle that brewers use to do something esoteric and wet. The pose is a classic one used by countless sculptors and painters through the ages."

Jenny's palette is ocean-based, with its sea-greens and sky-blues, paired with a fluid, kelp-like border. And you can just make out the subtle Lighthouse logo on the beer mug.

Erick is the longtime manager of this great seaside spot on the central Oregon coast, having signed on as manager in May 1999. Sadly, he is not an actual merman.  

A Few Random Merman Facts...

  • The first known use of the term merman was in 1601. However, their female counterpart mermaids have appeared in literature from as early as 1000 BC in Assyria (present-day northern Iraq).
  • The best-known merman is probably Triton, son of Poseidon and Amphitrite. Although she gave birth to a merman, neither Poseidon nor Amphitrite were merfolk, though both were able to live underwater as easily as on land.
  • On the album Electric Ladyland, Jimi Hendrix sings about escaping with his love Catherina from a war-torn world and becoming a merman in the song "1983... (A Merman I Should Turn to Be)."
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