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Frederick I aka Barbarossa (1122-1190) was Emperor of the Holy Roman Empire from 1155 until 1190. German kings were travelling kings as there was no capital at that time. Frederick I stayed at least four times at his palace in my home town Sinzig, which acquired her nickname "Barbarossa's city" from that fact - not to mention the four other german cities who claim the same historical identity.

Sinzig celebrates its 750th anniversary in 2017, so 17 copies of Barbarossa's statue have been produced, set up all across the city and painted or decorated by different groups.

This one was erected near a traffic circle in vicinity of the S(h)itting Citizen Statue: a man sitting on a artificial piece of town wall literally relieves himself with bare butt. He bears a significant similarity to the major who has retired just now.
To my eyes, the king shows some disgust and incomprehension.

For the sitting guy: see http://www.trekearth.com/gallery/Europe/Germany/photo1444709.htm

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