Within Evelyn’s Park, a whimsical and wonderfully interactive bronze sculpture waits at the heart of the Evelyn Rubenstein memorial garden, serving as a unique destination for visitors and for fans of the endearing, enduring tale of Alice in Wonderland.
In honor of the 150th anniversary of this classic novel, local artist Bridgette Mongeon—inspired by the tea party scene within Lewis Carroll’s book—sculpted a ten-foot table with eight-foot bronze characters hosting the fanciful feast. The table will seat six to eight additional (living!) guests, allowing families to bring a picnic and join the tea party among Alice, the March Hare, the Cheshire Cat, the Dormouse, and the Mad Hatter. In fact, it was the Mad Hatter’s sing-song refrain during the tea party scene that inspired the sculpture’s name: Move One Place On.
Mongeon is also creating—and hiding—150 different elements from the book within the sculpture, inviting guests on a journey of discovery. For example, if you look carefully, you may find a small Humpty Dumpty or the White Queen, tucked into the bronze “bark” legs of the table and benches.
This concept of interactive art, where visitors can join in the tea party and the treasure hunt for hidden elements, celebrates family, outdoors, creativity and literature in a larger-than-life way—perfectly representing everything that Evelyn loved, in whose honor the sculpture was commissioned.