A 1,5000-square-foot sculpture in concrete brought Alice in Wonderland to the courtyard of the Waters Landing Elementary School, Germantown, Maryland. The figures of Alice and the White Rabbit can only be seen when their reflection is viewed in a 6-foot-high mirrored column of stainless steel. When viewed from the concrete surface, the giant figures appear as nothing more than a colorful, abstract design. The illusion is possible because of the fan shape of the courtyard in which the sculpture is embedded and the cylindrical shape of the mirrored column.
The precast concrete pieces that make up the sculpture were assembled in the courtyard like a giant jigsaw puzzle. To create the design, artist Steven Weitzman enlarged his design from a 1-inch to 1-foot scale to a full-scale reverse image drawing that he laid out on paper on the floor of a local gymnasium. HRW Systems, contractor for the project, made wood forms to hold the pattern pieces and the concrete overlay that would be applied over them. To separate the seven colors of concrete used in the design, Weitzman nailed foam rubber strips into the forms. Concrete used in the overlay was colored with natural pigments. After the sculpture pieces cured, they were transported to the courtyard for assembly. Workers laid the sections on a bed of sand and filled the joints with sand and caulking.