Education and Alice – Through the Hidden 150

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Education through the hidden 150
Some may already know that Bridgette has hidden 150 elements with the sculpture. Bridgette has created free downloadable and printable Wonderland Detective Handbooks.  You can document your findings. But searching for the 150 is more than just a checklist. Through the handbook, Bridgette asks participants four questions. 1. What is it? 2. Where is it located? 3. Where is it found in the story? (The artist wants to encourage literacy.) 4. What meaning does it have for the sculptor author or illustrator?  You can follow along with the artist through her youtube channel, Instagram, twitter and facebook to not only find the 150 hidden things but also to participate in a dialogue about the art and literature.

The detail and the 150 hidden items are painstakingly carved into the work. In some cases, she experimented with 3D printing with the help of Houston 3d printing company Interactive. Together they were able to design and 3D print some of the 150 hidden objects used in the scene. Once 3D printed, the artist embedded the pieces into the clay. The artist’s hints, “Be sure to look at all of the buttons.” She also 3D scanned her mother’s antique teacups, embellished them using 3d sculpting and 3D printed them. These were made into bronze and are the tea cups that sit on the table. Once the sculpting is complete her studio made molds of the art, and they sent them to the art foundry for casting into bronze.
March Hare, better butter and a sculpture by Bridgette Mongeon
Bridgette Mongeon shares with her granddaughter some of the 150 hidden items. She reminds Issa, “Be sure to check the buttons.” Photograph by Christina Sizemore