Alice in Wonderland - Sculpture in Central Park (Manhattan, NYC )

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The sculpture was constructed in 1959 by José de Creeft under the commission of philanthropist George Delacorte so that children could visit and experience the wonder of Lewis Carroll’s classic story. Atypical of most sculptures, children are invited to climb, touch and crawl all over Alice and her friends. In fact, through the decades thousands of hands and feet have literally polished parts of the statue’s surface smooth.

The design for the bronze sculpture was patterned off the original illustrations of John Tenniel that were used in the first published edition of the book. The obvious centerpiece of the work, Alice, who depicts the face of Creeft’s daughter, Donna, is pictured sitting on a giant mushroom reaching toward a pocket watch held by the White Rabbit. Peering over her shoulder is the Cheshire Cat, surrounded by the Dormouse, Alice's cat Dinah, and the Mad Hatter - a caricature of George Delacorte.

The sculptor also included an inscription in a granite circle surrounding the work: a line from “The Jabberwocky,” also by Lewis Carroll: “'Twas brillig, and the slithy toves did gyre and gimble in the wabe.”

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Comments (16)

Dušan Railfan on April 5, 2012

Like!

Вадим Крюков on April 5, 2012

Beautiful photo! Regards, Vadim. L

birgitof on April 5, 2012

Wonderful Alice, YSL!:-)

Greets from Italy, Birgit

Omar Gobbi on April 6, 2012

sensational photo, wonderful capture, <LIKE>, best regards from Argentina. "Omar"

MarekEwjanStachowski on April 7, 2012

beautiful sculpture and picture - I like it
greetings from Poland
– Marek Ewjan S.

Dora V. on April 20, 2012

Preciosa escultura ! like Salutacions des de Catalunya. :))

&ri.co on April 20, 2012

very very beautiful picture!! like

ANTON CRUZ 1 on April 21, 2012

Wonderful scene full of fantasy. Best wishes, Anton.

Ijaz Ahmad on April 22, 2012

Wonderful It's a very Beautiful & nice photo ¦¦¦¦¦¦ LIKE ¦¦¦¦¦¦¦

I wish you success and the best of luck...!!!

Best greetings from Ijaz Ahmad Mughal

davidcmc58 on April 26, 2012

My like for this very nice photo. Cheers, David.

Maziyar Heydari on April 27, 2012

Very Beautiful Statue LIKE

Dr.Azzouqa on May 17, 2012

Beautiful place.

Excellent shot.

LIKE.

Best wishes from Jordan.

Mustafa

Chinappi on May 19, 2012

Of course, I

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See you soon… Best regards from Grasse, in France.

Bernard.

Antoni F. on May 23, 2012

great art, fine shot, lk

                  greetings
brko.jabuka on December 9, 2012

Prelijepa skulptura na odličnoj lokaciji!

L-16

Pozdrav, Petar

Giovanni Magni (giov… on December 11, 2012

Graziosa questa scultura.

LK17

Merry Christmas to you and your loved ones

Ciao, buona serata, Giovanni

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