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The 600 kilogram sculpture of St. Coloman was made by Franz Gundacker using only a motor saw and is located at the Melk Abbey.
Legend has it that Coloman was the son of an Irish king on his way to the Holy Land to visit Jerusalem. Near Stockerau (north of Vienna) he was mistaken for a spy and was hanged on an elder tree. According to legend, the elder tree soon develped new leaves and began to blossom. In 1014 the Babenberger family took Coloman’s body to their fortress in Melk and had him venerated as a saint. St. Coloman is patron saint of both the town of Melk and Melk Abbey.