Theme Day at worldwide City Daily Photo bloggers group today is LANDMARK.
My favorite landmark in new Jerusalem is The Monster!
It's a giant slide loved by kids and by their parents and even grandparents as well.
The neighborhood folks make a birthday party for the sculpture every year.
Jerusalem's "Golem" was created in 1973 in the Kiryat Hayovel
neighborhood by sculptress Niki de Saint Phalle as a gift to the
children of Jerusalem.
A UC San Diego website
says that de Saint Phalle (1930-2002) "is best known for her oversized
figures which embrace contradictory qualities such as good and evil,
modern and primitive, sacred and profane, play and terror."
But no one calls it Golem.
We call it HaMifletset, Hebrew for "the monster."
It is a landmark.
The bottom doubles as a sand box.
The sheer size of the cavernous slide can be frightening the first time a little boy sees it.
But my grandsons gradually learned to accept and love the Monster.
(More pictures at my earlier posts.)
UPDATE Nov. 3: Google gave Niki a doodle in honor of her 84th birthday!
Unfortunately, as a result of inhaling toxic polyester fumes while creating her
artwork, she suffered from emphysema, from which she died in 2002 at the
age of 71.
(Hat tip to my fellow Israeli blogger Yael for the doodle tip. Visit her delightful blog, "More or less, simple life of a grandmother.")