5. The Alice in Wonderland Sculpture Was Designed to be Climbed On

The Alice in Wonderland sculpture inside Central Park is one of the most famous sculptures in New York City and it was designed to be interactive. The whimsical sculpture of fictional characters from Lewis Carroll’s children’s books is meant for children to climb on. According to Bob Spring, the second generation owner of the Modern Art Foundry in Queens where the sculpture was cast, the mushrooms actually serve as supports and sort of steps that allow access to the rest of the sculpture.

The playful piece of art is one of the 29 sculptures installed throughout the park and one of the countless pieces that have taken shape at the Modern Art Foundry. Located in the former carriage house of the famous Steinway Mansion, the foundry has been run for three generations by the Spring family. At the foundry, the expert skills of the craftsmen bring artistic visions to life.