If you mention the city of Konstanz to me the first thing that pops up in my head is the image of Imperia, the female statue standing at the harbor entrance of Konstanz. The funny thing is: it is a modern statue created by Peter Lenk and inaugurated in 1993. The 18 tones heavy statue is rotating continuously and already has become an icon if the city – and that is special because of what it is showing: a prostitute holding a naked pope and a naked king in her hands.

Okay, we call her politely a courtesan but she is what she is. The statue symbolizes the power that the libido has over male rulers and of course not everybody liked the idea. I would rather ask: don’t we need the male version on the other side of the harbor? 😉


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