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“Magic Column”
Review of Magische Saule

Magische Saule
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The Magic Column (German: Magische Säule) is located at the marina, near the boat pier. It was created by Peter Lenk, a German artist from Bodman-Ludwigshafen near Bodensee. He is famous for his provocative style and heavily debated works of art that often show sculptures of suggestive nature.

He also created the “Imperia” in Konstanz, the donkey on the Biberach market place and the funny mural at the TAZ building in Berlin.

On the Magic Column he beautifully depicted famous people that played a role in the history of Meersburg. Its style is best described between funny and fantasy.

The seagull on top represents German poet Annette von Droste-Hülshoff (1797-1848) in form of a character in her poem “Am Thurme”.

The standing statue, holding a Magnet, depicts Doctor Franz Anton Mesmer (1734 – 1815). The English verb "to mesmerize" comes from his last name. He spent his last few years in Meersburg and is buried on a cemetery nearby.

The evil priest is Johann Joseph Gassner (1727-1779), a famous exorcist. He is shown casting out demons that escape through the posterior of a possessed man.

The woman devoid of garments is Wendelgard von der Haltnau. She lived around 700 years ago. According to legend she was extremely ugly and asked men to give her company for daily lunch and promised her vineyards in return. Legend has it that she bequeathed her vineyards to the town of Konstanz for it was men from the town across the lake that answered her request quicker than the gentlemen from Meersburg did.
No one knows whether the story happened exactly like the legend tells us, but fact is that to this day the vineyards, called “Haltnau” exist and remain in possession of a trust in Konstanz. A certificate found in the municipal archive of Konstanz, dating back to the year 1272, proves that at least parts of the story refer to real events.

The reason for calling this work of art “Magische Säule” (Magic Column) remains a mystery. Even though the details and persons involved are elaborately discussed on the Meersburg web-site and the in the artists online presence as well, there was no explanation given as to why the column is considered magic.

Note that there is no information given about this details anywhere around the column.

If you are interested in Peter Lenk’s work, check out his web-site. Many of his sculptures can be visited around the Bodensee (Lake Constance) region. That includes the “Bildhauergarten” (sculptor’s garden) in Bodman-Ludwigshafen.

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Reviewed 26 August 2017

If you walk through the town gate and along Unterstadtstrasse or the lake promenade, you'll come to the harbour area and one of the first things to catch your eye will be the tall metal structure at the end of the breakwater. As you get closer the mind starts to boggle at what exactly it is you're seeing and if you have young children then be prepared to start explaining (and good luck with that!). You'll also get a close look if arriving or departing on one of the ferry services. I tried to find an information panel but either there isn't one or I missed it.

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Reviewed 4 August 2017

Recommended to anyone who puts satires in front of beauty. This column is the first thing catching your eyes when getting into the harbor. The man faced gull seated at the top of the column, Colombus standing on a stylized globe, the armored soldier riding on a wooden horse, plus the ugly woman. Maybe they mean something, maybe not. Everyone has the right to imagine what he wants.

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Reviewed 22 July 2017

Unique statue that is not out of the way if you are walking along the lake, I do not get all of the parts of it and that makes up part of the fun

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Reviewed 18 July 2017

This statue next to the ferry terminal catches your eyes from afar. It is located on a boardwalk on the marina of Meersburg, it compelled me like many other to walk all the way in their to take a photo of it. Since the boardwalk stretches a good 100 meters into the lake, It would a good place to snap a photo of the area next to the terminal, the surrounding mountains, and the lake itself.

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