Time Court at Hamilton Gardens
The first Three sculptures that were commissioned by the Hamilton Gardens were the White Rabbit, Mad Hatter and the Dormouse from the Alice in Wonderland book. The Time Court has a big sundial on the paving and is linked to several other gardens. The Mad Hatters tea party was to link all these areas with each other. The White Rabbit known for always being late has a pocket watch in his hand, but the pocket watch is melting in the Surrealist way of Salvador Dali. The mad Hatter has an Orchid in his lapel to link with the Tropical Garden and is holding a Chinesery teapot to link with the Chinesery Garden. The dormouse was happily pooping out of the teapot.
Then when next funds were available they commission Alice, she was sculpted in the same style with additional cups and saucers for the tea party.
Photography by Emma Brittenden.
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