Alice in Central Park: Statues in Wonderland

Alice in Central Park: Statues in Wonderland

by G. A. Mudge


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Alice in Central Park: Statues in Wonderland introduces all statues in Central Park in New York City. Photographs focus on the statues, minimizing distractions in the foreground and background. Text identifies the subject, sculptor, donor and location of each statue, with historical comment. The statues appear in the order of their dedication in Central Park, beginning with the 1859 bust of German poet Johann C. F. von Schiller and ending with the 2011 statues of Frederick Douglass, the African American abolitionist. Samuel F. B. Morse, the inventor of the Morse code, is both a donor of one statue and the subject of another. The book tells the stories of all statues in the park through the lens of Mudge's camera and the whimsy of Alice, from Alice in Wonderland, of whom there are two statues in the park. Alice in Central Park is a book for young and old, visitors to the park, students of sculpture, photography and the park, and Lewis Carroll enthusiasts, who will be fascinated by the greatest concentration of Carrollian statuary in the world. Alice in Central Park recommends six walks to meet the statues face-to-face in Central Park.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780990822707
Publisher: Fotobs LLC
Publication date: 10/20/2014
Product dimensions: 8.30(w) x 10.80(h) x 0.40(d)

About the Author

G. A. Mudge, a graduate of Amherst College and the University of Michigan Law School, retired from a career with an international law firm based in New York City and served as Chair of the Board of Trustees of the International Institute of Rural Reconstruction. A serious photographer since elementary school, he has sold his photographs as fine art and contributed his photographs to charitable organizations.
Having lived next to Central Park for 35 years, Mudge spent countless hours walking through the park to work or jogging through the park to relieve the frustrations of work. Not until he was about to move out of New York City did Mudge recognize the wealth of statuary in Central Park, treasures which he had overlooked for many years. He hopes that this book will slow others down as they race past statues in the park and that visitors to the park will respond to the questions each statue asks.

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