Who is that on the wall?

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Have you noticed our unique painting in the lobby? If not, then we’ve probably done something wrong. If you have, you’ve probably wondered who the figures in the painting are and who or what they are supposed to represent. The artwork, which was created especially for Cocoon, was created by the two artists SUTOSUTO. Their art thrives on contrasts, on togetherness, on absurdities and realities and mixes a wide variety of styles. Susanne and Thomas themselves describe their style as “Contemporary Vintage Street Art Style”. The history of the cocoon and its values are part of the artwork. The cocoon, the caterpillar and especially the blue butterfly, the patron saint of butterflies at the Cocoon Sendlinger Tor, can be found here. The greenery, which spreads all the way to the benches, is a variety of Bavarian hops. These are grown in the Hallertau region (approx. 50 kilometres from Munich) and form the basis for brewing beer.

Let’s start with Foxy. During their research into Bavarian legends, they were also looking for a real Bavarian original and went in search of one at the Oktoberfest. They came across Foxy, who looked like a true Bavarian but was English, had been visiting the Oktoberfest several times for over 20 years and loved Bavarian culture.

Like each of our Cocoon Hotels, the Cocoon Sendlinger Tor also has a butterfly patron saint. May we introduce you to the blue butterfly. It comes from the blue butterfly family and is native to North Africa, the whole of Europe and Asia. The speciality of this beautiful blue butterfly lies in its family (blue butterfly), as it is the most widespread species and is therefore also known as the “common blue butterfly”. Isn’t that mean? You can also easily tell the males and females apart: the upper side of the wings of the males shimmer a light violet-blue, whereas the upper side of the wings of the females are a beautiful brown colour.

Of course, the beautiful Empress Elisabeth, better known as “Sissi”, cannot be missing from the artwork. Born in Munich, the daughter of Duke Max Joseph Bavaria, she became Empress of Austria after her marriage to Emperor Franz Joseph I. Her marriage introduced her to the much more formal Habsburg court life. She enjoyed travelling and had a magical effect on men. Unfortunately, however, her life did not turn out like a fairy tale. While travelling to Geneva, Elisabeth was murdered by an Italian anarchist in September 1898. Her 44-year reign was the longest of all Austrian empresses.

Well camouflaged, you will find Bavaria in the tree. She is the secular patron saint of Bavaria. The Bavaria statue is a statue cast in bronze on the Theresienwiese, which was commissioned by King Ludwig in 1850. Known as the Patrona Bavaria, the Mother of God Mary is honoured as the patron saint of Bavaria. The head of the statue is a unique viewing platform and can be visited daily from April to October. Behind the statue is the Hall of Fame. A columned hall with busts of important Bavarians from the past centuries.

The eternal Stenz: Franz Münchinger, alias Monaco Franze, is the main character in a 10-part Bavarian television series. The series was produced between 1981 and 1983 and directed by Helmut Dietl and Helmut Fischer. Due to its great popularity, it was repeated several times. “Monaco Franze – Der ewige Stenz” was later also shown in the early evening programme. You don’t know what “Stenz” means? – In Munich and throughout Bavaria, the Stenz is a very special kind of man. In addition to his casual elegance, such a Stenz is characterised by his inflationary affairs with the young ladies in his environment, whereby he never degenerates into a rude macho, but rather wants to make his respective lovers happy in a sensitive and charming way. As he was a night owl, meaning that he was always out and about at night, he was depicted with a bat’s body.

Due to his eccentric public appearance, Rudolph Moshammer, also known as “Mosi”, became famous throughout Germany in the 1980s. His trademarks included an extravagant wig and a Yorkshire terrier called “Daisy”. Mosi was a German fashion designer, author and owner of a boutique in Munich’s Maximilianstraße. His trademark was an extravagant wig and a Yorkshire terrier called “Daisy”. Moshammer’s eccentric public appearance made him famous throughout Germany from the 1980s onwards. On the night of 14 January 2005, Moshammer was strangled to death with an electric cable in his house in the Munich suburb of Grünwald. Moshammer’s death caused consternation among many people.

The former German footballer for FC Bayern Munich, Uli Hoeneß, still works as an official and entrepreneur today. After he had to end his playing career in 1979 at the age of 27 due to injury, he became manager of FC Bayern Munich. In 2014, he resigned from his position as president of the club and chairman of the supervisory board of FC Bayern München AG due to a prison sentence for tax evasion. Following his early release on probation, he held both offices again from 2016 – 2019. Since his decision not to seek re-election as President, he has been an ordinary member of the Supervisory Board and Honorary President. Since 1985, he and his sons have owned HoWe Wurstwaren in Nuremberg, supplying Aldi, Feinkost Käfer and, in some cases, McDonalds. This also explains why his body is depicted as a pig’s body, with a sausage in his mouth and mustard on his head.

Born in Munich in 1845, King Ludwig II. King Ludwig II built the castles of Neuschwanstein, Herrenchiemsee and Linderhof. After the death of his father at the age of 18, the fairytale king ascended the throne, without any experience of life or politics, but idolised by women. However, his fairytale life came to an abrupt end in 1886 when he was found lifeless in the water after a walk in the park of Schloss Berg together with Dr Gudden. Ludwig’s death was officially categorised as suicide by drowning, although the autopsy report indicated that no water was found in his lungs.

Who doesn’t know her? Ursula “Uschi” Obermaier. Uschi is a former model, sex symbol of an entire generation and member of Kommune 1 in Berlin. She was young, she was wild, she partied with the big names: Born in Munich, she is still regarded as the world’s first groupie. Although the model also starred in various films, Uschi Obermaier became known worldwide primarily for her affairs with rock stars. Stars such as Mick Jagger, Keith Richards and Jimi Hendrix are among her exes. She now has American citizenship and lives as a jewellery designer near Los Angeles.

Karl Valentin, whose real name was Valentin Ludwig Fey, was a German comedian, folk singer, writer and film producer. He influenced numerous artists with his humour, not least Bertold Brecht, Samuel Beckett, Loriot and Helge Schneider. Karl developed a passion for the stage at an early age, which is why he performed puppet theatre based on Goethe’s ‘Faust’ or ‘Der Freischütz’ with his friends in his youth.

So now you know who’s watching you over breakfast, a slice of cake, a delicious pinsa or a well-mixed drink. Enjoy your meal!