Does Malta’s monumental erection make the cut?

What erection define’s your country?

As an Australian, we are quite proud that the Sydney Opera House and Harbour Bridge are architectural monuments that represent us worldwide. China has the Great Wall {which I’ve been told can be seen from space}, France has the Eiffel Tower and the USA has the Statue of Liberty. {I bet you thought I was going to say Bill Clinton then, didn’t you? Ummm, when I say erection, I actually mean monuments that have been erected, NOT, well, you know…}

I’ve started my vacation in the Mediterranean island of Malta, which is a small island not far from Sicily and Italy. It’s my heritage and one I quite proudly want to investigate and learn more about. I had heard about a strange looking statue that was erected in the centre of a roundabout and greets visitors just outside the airport.

Statue looks like erectionI mentioned it to our taxi driver, who quite excitedly knew what I was talking about, and suggested I grab my camera ready to take a photo. He said “I keep driving round and round for you to get good photo”. As we neared the roundabout I saw a round-looking head-like statue peaking up above the tree fronds. My first thought was “That can’t be right.” We drove closer and closer and I really couldn’t believe what I was seeing. My dad was sitting in the front seat with the taxi driver talking in Maltese and they were both laughing hysterically. I managed to get an in-focus photo of the “projectile” as we kept driving round and round it.

To this day I can’t really believe what I saw – and what I photographed. But the eye doesn’t lie.

Rising from the earth is a giant erection of, well, it would seem, an erection.  Whatever it is supposed to be, has anyone told the Maltese people that it looks kind of like, well, a you-know-what?

Maybe Sigmund Freud would say Malta has “little” country syndrome. And is trying to make a statement about small things. I really don’t know.

Should Malta be defined by this monument?  You be the judge.

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