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Alice in WonderlandThe Highlights
Inspired by Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland, Alice and friends arrived in the Park in 1959.
This large bronze sculpture depicts Alice, from Lewis Carroll's 1865 classic Alice's Adventures in Wonderland. Alice is depicted sitting on a giant mushroom reaching toward a pocket watch held by the White Rabbit. Looking over her shoulder is the Cheshire cat, flanked on one side by the dormouse, and on the other by Mad Hatter, who in contrast to the calm Alice looks ready to laugh out loud at any moment. When philanthropist George Delacorte commissioned the statue as a gift to the children of New York City, the sculpture was also meant as a tribute to his late wife, Margarita, who read Alice to their children. Unveiled in 1959, Alice is said to resemble the sculptor’s daughter. Engraved around the statue are lines from Carroll’s nonsensical poem, The Jabberwocky. The sculpture is a favorite among children, who love to climb on it and explore its varied textures and hiding spaces. Through the years, thousands of tiny hands have literally polished parts of its patina surface smooth.
Location: East Side at 75th St.