Evelyn’s Park in Bellaire, TX: Alice in Wonderland Tea Party Sculpture

Updated on April 14, 2020
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I live in Houston, and I have worked as a nurse. My interests include art, traveling, reading, gardening, cooking, and our wonderful pets.

Alice in Wonderland Mad Hatter Tea Party Sculpture in Evelyn Park
Alice in Wonderland Mad Hatter Tea Party Sculpture in Evelyn Park | Source

Wonderland Sculpture in Evelyn’s Park

This 24-foot sculpture by artist Bridgette Mongeon in Evelyn’s Park must be seen to be believed! Seeing all of it may take some time, effort, and dedicated sleuthing on the part of visitors.

The reason for this is because, in addition to the sizeable ten-foot table and eight- to nine-foot-tall sculptures readily visible, there are 150 other small characters to be discovered in various places. Some of them hide in plain sight while others may be under the table and less easily seen.

Dedication Information for Evelyn’s Park
Dedication Information for Evelyn’s Park | Source

Evelyn Rubenstein Memorial Garden

We can all thank the Rubenstein brothers Jerry and Maury for purchasing the five acres of land that used to be the almost century-old Teas Nursery. They then donated it to the City of Bellaire to be utilized as a park. This park bears the name of their mother, Evelyn. I will show more of Evelyn’s Park in another post.

Dedication information and sculpture
Dedication information and sculpture | Source

Artist Bridgette Mongeon

What truly makes this portion of the park special is the “Move One Place On” sculpture. It is fashioned after the Mad Hatter tea party scene from Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland book by Lewis Carroll.

It took the artist Bridgette Mongeon 14 months to create this sculpture. Part of it involved 3-D printing. Watch the video below to learn more about her creative process and what it entailed.

“Move One Place On”

The first time we visited Evelyn’s Park was to see this sculpture titled “Move One Place On,” but it had not yet been delivered. It obviously took some effort to move this 6,000-pound sculpture down the road and install it in place. That must have been something to see!

The next time my husband and I visited the park, it had recently been raining, so there were few people to be seen. I rapidly took some photos trying not to get raindrops on the lens of my camera. There are so many intricate details to be discovered on this massive piece of art.

It will probably take many more visits to discover the 150 smaller details built into this masterful art sculpture. We may never see them all if crawling under the table and benches is mandatory. Youngsters can have some fun doing that.

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Wonderland Sculpture in Evelyn’s ParkWonderland Sculpture in Evelyn’s ParkCloseup of the March Hare on Wonderland SculptureDetails on Wonderland Sculpture in Evelyn’s Park
Wonderland Sculpture in Evelyn’s Park
Wonderland Sculpture in Evelyn’s Park | Source
Wonderland Sculpture in Evelyn’s Park
Wonderland Sculpture in Evelyn’s Park | Source
Closeup of the March Hare on Wonderland Sculpture
Closeup of the March Hare on Wonderland Sculpture | Source
Details on Wonderland Sculpture in Evelyn’s Park
Details on Wonderland Sculpture in Evelyn’s Park | Source

Alice in Wonderland

Look at the carefree way Alice is positioned in the chair with her ankles crossed and her legs in the air. Bridgette Mongeon must have had so much fun when she created this sculpture!

There is plenty of room on the other side of the chair for people to sit next to Alice. This sculpture is meant to be very interactive. People can spend some time at the table and share a picnic lunch or just rest and admire all of the intricate details.

The amused smile on the face of Alice and the devilish grin of the Cheshire Cat makes me smile. This entire sculpture captures a rather crazy, and happy scene from that memorable Lewis Carroll story.

Even the Dormouse has a happy grin on its face. He seems to be soaking his backside in the warm tea inside of the teapot.

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Closeup of Alice and the Cheshire CatCloseup of the Cheshire Cat on the Wonderland SculptureCloseup of the Dormouse on the Wonderland Sculpture
Closeup of Alice and the Cheshire Cat
Closeup of Alice and the Cheshire Cat | Source
Closeup of the Cheshire Cat on the Wonderland Sculpture
Closeup of the Cheshire Cat on the Wonderland Sculpture | Source
Closeup of the Dormouse on the Wonderland Sculpture
Closeup of the Dormouse on the Wonderland Sculpture | Source

The Mad Hatter

No one is any happier than the Mad Hatter, who is the master of ceremonies at this tea party event. Just look at the broad smile on his face as he fills a cup with the hot brew. The fact of overturned teacups on the table or his chair in the process of tipping over seems of little importance to him.

The flowing manes of a horse and a lion embellish the ends of the arms of the chair. Note the head of a flamingo serving as the front feet.

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Mad Hatter on Wonderland Sculpture in Evelyn’s ParkCloseup of Mad Hatter on Wonderland SculptureCloseup of overturned teacups on Wonderland SculptureDetails on arms of chairs on Wonderland SculptureDetails on front feet of a chair on Wonderland Sculpture
Mad Hatter on Wonderland Sculpture in Evelyn’s Park
Mad Hatter on Wonderland Sculpture in Evelyn’s Park | Source
Closeup of Mad Hatter on Wonderland Sculpture
Closeup of Mad Hatter on Wonderland Sculpture | Source
Closeup of overturned teacups on Wonderland Sculpture
Closeup of overturned teacups on Wonderland Sculpture | Source
Details on arms of chairs on Wonderland Sculpture
Details on arms of chairs on Wonderland Sculpture | Source
Details on front feet of a chair on Wonderland Sculpture
Details on front feet of a chair on Wonderland Sculpture | Source

Take Time to Explore!

Taking note of all of these many details when gazing at the “Move One Place On” sculpture makes this an even more engaging experience. I will be eager to spend additional time there someday.

It will be even more fun seeing people sitting on the benches and in the chair next to Alice in Evelyn’s Park. The monumental size of this sculpture will become more apparent when people are a part of this picture.

This Mad Hatter Tea Party sculpture is bound to be a favorite picnic spot as people discover this fantastic piece of public art in Bellaire, Texas.

If you care to hear and see more about this fabulous sculpture in Evelyn’s Park as well as the artist, watch the video below.

“Why, sometimes I've believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast.”

— Lewis Carroll, Alice in Wonderland

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© 2020 Peggy Woods

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    • Peggy W profile imageAUTHOR

      Peggy Woods 

      2 months ago from Houston, Texas

      Greetings, Bridgette Mongeon!

      Your sculpture is fantastic! I am pleased that you liked the article that I wrote featuring it. Unsuspecting guests must be so delighted to meet you in person and receive a collectible ornament gift from you.

      Thanks for writing about your Eve sculpture in Generation Park. That multi-use development sounds incredible. It is a distance from where we live in Houston, but I'll put it on my list of places to explore.

      You take care also in these unsettled times, and stay safe!

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      Bridgette Mongeon 

      2 months ago

      These comments and this article are so wonderful. Thanks for featuring my sculpture. It was a real labor of love. I am going to start featuring some of the hints to the 150 hidden items in rhyme and riddle. Updating my new website at www.creativesculpture.com but alice also has her own website about the project at www.alicesculpture.com. It was so much fun to create. I pray I have another such commission soon. In the mean time, I just finished a 14 foot Eve for Generation Park and am working on a sculpture of Booker T Washington. Stay safe out there. You may just see me at "Move One Place On." I often visit and bring a collectible ornament from the series that I am making. I like to give it to an unsuspecting guest. I'm also trying to reproduce the entire scene as a table top version. My life is wonderfully curious and full of adventure. Be safe out there. Bridgette

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      Peggy Woods 

      4 months ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Bill,

      This particular sculptor is amazing!

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      Peggy Woods 

      4 months ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Claudia,

      I hope you are staying healthy also. We have bluebonnets right here in Houston on a few highway medians, but driving a bit into the country around the town of Brenham, and the fields are full of them. It is a beautiful sojourn that many people take this time of year.

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      Peggy Woods 

      4 months ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Liz,

      What fun that must have been going to an entire park with an Alice in Wonderland theme!

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      Peggy Woods 

      4 months ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi FlourishAnyway,

      I would agree that the photo opportunities around this fantastic sculpture are almost endless. If I were younger, I would have ducked under that table to discover even more sculpted treasures.

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      Bill Holland 

      4 months ago from Olympia, WA

      I am in awe of sculptors and and artists!

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      Claudia Mitchell 

      4 months ago

      Oh this is a charming sculpture and the detail is amazing. I can't get over how many places there are to visit in your area. Not sure if it's near you but I've always wanted to see the blue bonnets. Hope you are staying healthy.

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      Liz Westwood 

      4 months ago from UK

      What a lovely sculpture. We once took our family to an Alice in Wonderland themed park. It is a classic that has stood the test of time, no doubt helped in part by some of the film adaptations. Your photos and descriptions are first class.

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      FlourishAnyway 

      4 months ago from USA

      This is just too fun! I would absolutely love to visit this whimsical place with or without the kids in my life. The photo opportunities that it provides are fabulous.

    • Peggy W profile imageAUTHOR

      Peggy Woods 

      4 months ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Mr. Happy,

      I can see that you really enjoy the "Alice in Wonderland" story. It is so cute! This sculpture is nothing short of fabulous!

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      Mr. Happy 

      4 months ago from Toronto, Canada

      I had to stop by. I love "Alice in Wonderland"!! I keep going back to it often. I quote bits of it often as well. It's such a great story!

      The sculpture is fabulous as well! And the fact that it is large enough and open enough that like You said, it feels "inter-active", is very inviting. I could literally sit there and have tea (if I wasn't so far away lol).

      Thank You for this article and the photos as well. 'twas a treat. Cheers!

      “Take some more tea," the March Hare said to Alice, very earnestly.

      "I've had nothing yet," Alice replied in an offended tone, "so I can't take more."

      "You mean you can't take less," said the Hatter: "it's very easy to take more than nothing."

      "Nobody asked your opinion," said Alice.”

      ― Lewis Carroll, Alice in Wonderland

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