It would appear that, more than ever, Alice and her hallucinatory wonderland are floating in the subconscious of our cities. Little Alice and her enormous and inquiring eyes are tattooed here and there on walls and sidewalks in almost every Western city, perhaps because 2015 marks the 150th anniversary of the book’s publication, and it has once again returned to inhabit our imaginations.

Since her genesis in Victorian times, the subsequent generations have strived to decipher the hidden messages in Carroll’s book. Is it just an innocent fantastical story, is it the most extravagant and darkest nightmare in literature, is it a psychedelic journey from beginning to end? Perhaps these representations of it in street art are yet another way of investigating what there is in Alice that has had us under her spell for the last century and a half.

The following are some works of graffiti, stencils and mosaics of Alice that, although ephemeral, have served as mediators between the daily reality of the urban pedestrian and the book by Lewis Carroll. When we come across an Alice drawn in the street, at that moment the whole book and its bewitching narrative come flooding back. Between public dialog and fiction, these are some of the urban gates into the Wonderland that we have all visited.

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Chuter Ede, South Shields, England. A two-story mural on the Chuter Ede community center, curated by Garry Hunter and painted with ultraviolet paint to glow in the dark.

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Alice finding door - inspired by John Tenniel Illust

Alice finding the door into Wonderland. Inspired by an illustration by Sir John Tenniel. London.

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Alice in Wonderland, mosaics in the New York subway.

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Primrose Hill

Alice on a sidewalk in Primrose Hill, London. Anonymous. (Photo by Simon Crubellier).

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It would appear that, more than ever, Alice and her hallucinatory wonderland are floating in the subconscious of our cities. Little Alice and her enormous and inquiring eyes are tattooed here and there on walls and sidewalks in almost every Western city, perhaps because 2015 marks the 150th anniversary of the book’s publication, and it has once again returned to inhabit our imaginations.

Since her genesis in Victorian times, the subsequent generations have strived to decipher the hidden messages in Carroll’s book. Is it just an innocent fantastical story, is it the most extravagant and darkest nightmare in literature, is it a psychedelic journey from beginning to end? Perhaps these representations of it in street art are yet another way of investigating what there is in Alice that has had us under her spell for the last century and a half.

The following are some works of graffiti, stencils and mosaics of Alice that, although ephemeral, have served as mediators between the daily reality of the urban pedestrian and the book by Lewis Carroll. When we come across an Alice drawn in the street, at that moment the whole book and its bewitching narrative come flooding back. Between public dialog and fiction, these are some of the urban gates into the Wonderland that we have all visited.

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 CHutter Ede 2

Chutter Ede 3

Chuter Ede, South Shields, England. A two-story mural on the Chuter Ede community center, curated by Garry Hunter and painted with ultraviolet paint to glow in the dark.

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Alice finding door - inspired by John Tenniel Illust

Alice finding the door into Wonderland. Inspired by an illustration by Sir John Tenniel. London.

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NYC subway 1

nyc subway 2

Alice in Wonderland, mosaics in the New York subway.

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Primrose Hill

Alice on a sidewalk in Primrose Hill, London. Anonymous. (Photo by Simon Crubellier).

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