THE DODO BIRD by TOM OTTERNESS
"I thought of us, our world, as a self-satisfied Dodo bird. Doomed to eventual extinction but saved for a moment by the hope for new life in the egg. Every sculpture I make is a kind of self-portrait. This one is a little more dim-witted than most." — Tom Otterness, from The Real Alice in Wonderland book by C.M. Rubin and Gabriella Rubin.
Tom Otterness has said that his sculptures are meant to be play pieces. Whenever you see kids around those play pieces, that is exactly what you will find them doing - climbing, handling, talking, imagining and interacting with adorable and fascinating characters which come in all different shapes and sizes. The American sculptor’s works adorn parks, plazas, courthouses, museums, libraries and subway stations. The Dodo Bird can be seen in Battery Park, New York City. For more information on Tom Otterness visit his website: http://www.tomostudio.com/
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DOWN THE RIVER ISIS by DAVID COOPER
“Although Charles Dodgson sent his child friend Alice Liddell down the rabbit hole in his far fetched tale, he never left her uncared for. The characters, as strange as they were, all helped young Alice grow by becoming ridiculous obstacles that she ultimately overcame. The story to me is a great adventure made to empower Alice. It was a true gift of love.”
David Cooper was born in a “Wonderland” called Brooklyn, New York. He graduated from Pratt Institute and his professional career took off soon after. He has created unique and exciting illustrations for children’s books, magazine editorials, and many magazine covers. David often lends his time as a guest lecturer to schools like the Pratt Institute and Marywood University. He has also coordinated art workshops for volunteer organizations such as the Big Brothers and Big Sisters program of New York. David’s fabulous “Down the River Isis” artwork is featured in The Real Alice in Wonderland book by C.M. Rubin and Gabriella Rubin.