Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Where's That Scene? Alice in Wonderland Sculpture

The Alice in Wonderland sculpture, which is featured in some of the Remember Me scenes between Tyler and his sister Caroline, can be found in New York City’s Central Park.

The sculpture, which is 11 feet high, features characters from Lewis Carroll’s 1865 classic novel Alice in Wonderland. Children of all ages are able to climb on the mushroom and touch such characters as Alice, the March Hare, the Mad Hatter, the Cheshire Cat and the Dormouse.

The statue was crafted by the well known Spanish born sculptor Jose de Creeft. De Creeft studied sculpting at the Academie Julian in Paris, France. He moved to New York City where he taught sculpture form many years at the Art Students League in New York. He also created sculptures using many different materials, most notably stone.

The bronze sculpture was cast at the Modern Art Foundry of Long Island City in Queens. The figure of Alice was inspired by the artist’s daughter Donna, while the other characters were based on the illustrations by Sir John Tenniel.

Inscriptions from the book can be seen around the stone base of the sculpture. They were placed there by the project’s architect Hideo Sasaki and designer Fernando Texidor.

Commissioned by philanthropist George Delacorte in honour of his late wife, Margarita, the statue was dedicated on May 7 1959 by Robert Moses, the New York City urban planner and builder.

It is located at the east side of the park at the northern end of the Conservatory Water, which is also known as the model boat pond.

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