Visiting the St George Greek Orthodox School in Adelaide for the first time today with a school building conference group, I was amazed to find the most ornately classical playground benches I have ever seen.
Traditional wooden benches were mounted on stone pedestals sculptured in the form of a Greek Sphinx.
THE SPHINX (or Phix) was a female monster with the body of a lion, the breast and head of a woman, eagle’s wings and, according to some, a serpent-headed tail.
She was sent by the gods to plague the town of Thebes as punishment for some ancient crime. There she preyed on the youths of the land, devouring all those who failed to solve her riddle. Kreon, the then regent of Thebes, offered the kingship to any man who could destroy her. Oidipous accepted the challenge, and when he solved the Sphinx’s riddle, she cast herself off a mountainside in despair and in accordance with an oracle declaring the terms of her demise.
One wonders what riddles the St George school children are asked to solve while eating their play lunch.
Taken with Pentax k-r on 16 October 2011 in Adelaide, South Australia.
Lens Pentax-DA 18-55mm F3.5-5.6
Minor adjustments to lighting and image converted to JPEG for uploading.