A whimsical bronze sculpture will stand at the focus of the Evelyn Rubenstein memorial garden within Evelyn's Park, serving as a "destination spot" for visitors to the Houston area and for fans of the endearing and enduring story of Alice in Wonderland.
On the 150th anniversary of this classic novel, local artist Bridgette Mongeon, inspired by the "tea party" scene within Lewis Carroll's book, will sculpt 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.
The Jerry and Maury Rubenstein Foundation commissioned the sculpture in honor of their mother, Evelyn, a prominent businesswoman and philanthropist in the Bellaire and Houston communities. The larger-than-life scene will reside within Evelyn’s Park at 4400 Bellaire Boulevard (the former site of Teas Nursery) with an anticipated completion in late 2016.
Bridgette Mongeon designed the sculpture, which she has titled "Move One Place On" after the Mad Hatter's constant refrain at the tea party from Alice in Wonderland. In honor of the 150th anniversary of Lewis Carroll's book in 2015, Mongeon is also creating — and hiding — 150 different elements from the book within the sculpture, inviting park visitors on a journey of discovery. For example, if guests look carefully, they may find a small Humpty Dumpty or the White Queen, tucked into the bronze "bark" legs of the table and benches.
Mongeon designed the sculpture using 3D-modeling software, and the piece will be produced, in part, using computer-controlled milling machinery. She presented her work at 3D Printer World Expo in 2015, and is also working on a book about the process.
This unique sculpture will bring an additional element of beauty, fun, and intrigue to Evelyn's Park. The concept of interactive art, where visitors can join in the tea party and the treasure hunt for hidden elements, appeals to all ages. The sculpture represents everything that Evelyn Rubenstein loved: family, imagination, literature, creativity, and fun. We invite you to watch the progress of this incredible sculpture. For more information on the artist, the development of the sculpture, and the 3D process, please click the accompanying links.