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Central Park's 'Alice in Wonderland' Statue Picked To Be Carved Out of Ice

By Shaye Weaver | January 27, 2016 1:31pm

CENTRAL PARK — Voters of an online poll chose Central Park's whimsical Alice in Wonderland statue to be chiseled and sawed out of a 6,000-pound block of ice during the park's upcoming Ice Festival, according to the Central Park Conservancy.

People were asked to cast their votes this month for one of four iconic park statues — including the Alice in Wonderland statue, the Untermyer Fountain, the Burnett Fountain or the Falconer statue — to be replicated in ice during the Feb. 13 festival.

Alice took home the most votes, according to the conservancy.


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Artists from Okamoto Studio — a Long Island City-based ice carving company that has created pieces for a slew of big brand names — will be the ones to render the ice.

The Alice in Wonderland statue, installed near East 75th Street in 1959, features the many characters of Lewis Carroll's "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland," including Alice, the Mad Hatter and the White Rabbit, sitting on a mushroom.

The Central Park Conservancy did not return requests for comment.

The Ice Festival, which will be held at the Naumburg Bandshell near 66th Street on Feb. 13, will feature the ice carving event, a "silent disco," Central Park trivia, glowing light displays, and crafts.

The Ice Festival begins at 3 p.m. For a schedule of events, visit the conservancy's website.