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Alice In Central Park – Statues In Wonderland by G.A. Mudge is brimming with images of statues that can be found in New York City's Central Park, an 843-acre wonderland for those who wish to see it. I wish I'd had this book several years ago when my husband, my then 18-year-old daughter and I traveled to New York City. We strolled through Central Park for a while one day while we were there, but I don't recall seeing any of these beautiful works of art. It was just a short trip, but I'd love to go back one day and take this book to Central Park with me.
This book is full of beautiful imagery and riveting information about all of the statues in Central Park in New York City in the order of their dedication, beginning with the 1859 bust of German poet Johann C. F. von Schiller and ending with the 2011 statue of Fredrick Douglass, the African American abolitionist.
Text included in the book identifies the subject, sculptor, donor and location of each statue with historical comment. The photos are presented with a focus on the statues, minimizing distractions in the foreground and background.
This book is for everyone, young and old alike, who have a fascination with the arts and history. For those who visit the park, this would make a wonderful companion to consult while strolling its walkways and viewing these beautiful works of art. An interesting tidbit of information, Central Park is reputed to contain the greatest concentration of Carrollian statuary in the world.
The creator of this book recommends six walks in Central Park to “meet” the statues and even outlines in the book which statues to visit on each visit. I can't wait for my next opportunity to visit New York so that I can take these walks and experience all of the wonder I felt while reading this book for myself in person!
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