Houston artist creates a wonderland of sculptures

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HOUSTON - Artist Bridgette Mongeon has brought to life a stunning tribute to Alice in Wonderland. Her 8' sculptures will soon be bronzed on on display at Evelyn's Park in Bellaire.

Mongeon was commissioned to create Alice, The Mad Hatter, The March Hare and other characters by the Jerry and Maury Rubenstein Foundation in honor of their mother, Evelyn, for the park.

The sculpture will permanently reside on a 10-foot picnic table with 8 bronze characters hosting the fanciful feast. Visitors at the Lake/Flato-designed park will be able to join the Mad Hatter’s Tea Party and actually sit, interact, and picnic with Alice, the March Hare, Cheshire Cat, Dormouse and Mad Hatter! It’s going to be an incredible new addition in a fabulous new park.

In honor of the sesquicentennial anniversary of Alice in Wonderland, Mongeon is also creating and hiding 150 different elements within the scene. The hidden elements are an additional way the sculpture invites the community to interact at the park, akin to a treasure hunt. For example, if guests look carefully, they may find a small Humpty Dumpty hiding, and the waiting White Queen tucked into the bronze “bark” legs of the table and benches.

“The title of the sculpture – Move One Place On – is what the Mad Hatter beckons at the tea party,” explains artist Mongeon. “I hope Evelyn’s Park visitors will develop a tradition of shouting the proclamation and change places at the bronze table as they visit the sculpture. The sculpture will seat six-to-eight additional guests allowing families to bring a picnic and join the tea party. The monumental figures of Alice, the March Hare, Cheshire Cat, Dormouse and Mad Hatter are waiting for you and your family to complete the scene!”

To follow the artist’s process, learn more about the treasure hunt, and receive hints about the 150 hidden items in the sculpture, visit Mongeon’s website at www.creativesculpture.com or follow her process on Facebook at www.facebook.com/FindingAliceSculpture.