Are you ready for a new selfie spot, Houston? Well, get your entire crew together because Bellaire picnic destination Evelyn's Park is debuting an interactive Alice in Wonderland-themed sculpture this month. The commissioned piece, Move One Place On, was created by Houston's own Bridgette Mongeon and will be installed on Monday, April 9 and Tuesday, April 10.
The 24-foot long sculpture features Alice's tea party, including a 10-foot table with three benches that allow additional guests to sit and join the fun. Make sure to be on the lookout for The Dormouse, a built-in chessboard, a 9-foot Mad Hatter (his toppling chair also features a lion, unicorn, and flamingos), The March Hare, the Cheshire Cat, and of course, Alice. Mongeon also hid 150 different Wonderland allusions within the scene in honor of the 150th anniversary of Lewis Carroll's classic, and families can look for these hidden gems in treasure-hunt fashion—visit alicesculpture.com for hints on where to search for the hidden elements.
“I created this sculpture in such a way that each character is interacting with an empty place,” Mongeon says. “The title of the sculpture—Move One Place On—is what the Mad Hatter beckons at the tea party. I hope Evelyn’s Park visitors will develop a tradition of shouting the proclamation and change places with other guests at the bronze table when they visit the sculpture.”
The sculpture was commissioned by Jerry and Maury Rubenstein, whose foundation has helped fund the transition of the former Teas Nursery into the five-acre Evelyn's Park, in honor of their mother, Evelyn.
The 6,000-pound sculpture is currently being transported on a flat bed from Bastrop, and will make its official debut at the one-year Evelyn’s Park anniversary celebration on Saturday, April 21.