The Story Garden is a unique project of environmental sculpture, in which works inspired by beloved Hebrew children's stories were commissioned from top Israeli artists and then placed in green spaces throughout the city. This ongoing venture - the latest Story Garden was opened in 2014 - is a huge hit with both local families and visitors.
Holon thus joins the list of world cities that boast projects of museum-level landscape artwork. Such projects include works in Efteling in the Netherlands, the sculpture garden by widely known artist Niki de Saint Phalle in Italy, the Tivoli Park story corners and the story gardens in the Disneyland Resort in Paris.
The story gardens are yet another milestone in the process of turning Holon into a national cultural center for children and families, joining the Israel
At Eye Level Center, the
Israel Puppet Center. Combining poetry and literature with plastic art, these colorful and creative environmental sculptures aim at raising awareness of children's literature, and familiarizing younger generations and new immigrants with the protagonists of Israeli children's literature. Over 40 story gardens are spread across the city, and the sculptures are surrounded by greenery, benches and playgrounds for children.
The Story Gardens project constitutes a part of Holon's green lungs, positioning Holon as one of Israel's greenest cities. Today, green areas in Holon are spread across 346 acres (to multiply over the coming years). Some 7,400 trees adorn the city and its avenues, and 150,000 flowers are planted across the city every year.
A large number of visitors from Holon and outside of Holon arrive at the Children's City, and get the opportunity to learn about the history of art and culture, and to refamiliarize themselves with some of today's most prominent pieces of classic children's literature.
Photographers: Eli Ne'eman, Tal Kirshenbaum, Tamar Mutsafi, Rami Aharoni.
Story gardens throughout the city