There is one week left to see the exhibition “Alice in the Garden” at the Oxford University Botanic Gardens. The installation kicked off the summer season on Alice’s Day July 6th. Alice’s Day is a day of events around Oxford celebrating the first telling of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland.
During the day the garden was full of children and adults dressed up as characters from the story. The Botanic Garden was a perfect setting for mad tea parties, Alice look-a-likes and scurrying rabbits. People of all ages and nationalities strolled around the garden discovering the images. Each photograph was placed in different parts of the garden encouraging visitors to explore and interact in a very direct way. Children were taken aback by
the menacing Queen of Hearts, a reminder of a how dangerous and destructive anger is. The botanical signs with quotations from the books especially the evidence at the trial informed viewers and gave new insights into the text.
Liz Ellis commented,
“‘The wonderful photographs by Mabel Odessey are sensitively sited. Mysterious, funny, beautiful and perfectly in context in this fabulous Botanic Garden’.”
The work has been enthusiastically received and after the exhibition comes down at the garden it will be taken on by the Story Museum Oxford where it will be made available to schools and exhibited again at future Alice’s Days.