In 1959, Central Park received the statue that includes Alice, the Cheshire Cat, Mad Hatter, and White Rabbit from Lewis Carroll's classic children's book. The art piece was sculpted by José de Creeft and commissioned by philanthropist George Delacorte in honor of his late wife, Margarita. Delacorte then donated the sculpture to the children in New York City.
The Spanish-American sculptor José de Creeft modeled the face of Alice after his daughter Donna Maria and the Mad Hatter after George Delacorte.
Delacorte's grandchildren unveiled his work at the dedication ceremony and then climbed on top of the statue, as children have done for the past fifty years.