- Alice -

Alice

Alice, Waters Landing Elementary School

  • Location.  Germantown, Maryland.
  • Type. FŌTERA® full-color structural concrete
  • Year of Completion.  1988
  • Project Impact. Located in Germantown, Maryland, Waters Landing Elementary School (WLES) is one of five elementary schools in the Seneca Valley Cluster. The K-5 program educates almost 700 students from diverse background.
  • Features & Design Context. As school children and visitors approach the mirrored column in this anamorphic sculptural installation, the distorted image of Alice and the White Rabbit on the ground resolves into a recognizable, beloved children’s illustration. As you walk towards the column, the reflected image of Alice appears to grow and as you walk away she shrinks, as in the story. This installation, created for an elementary school courtyard, is constructed from thirty precast FŌTERA® structural concrete terrazzo sections and a two-by-six foot column of polished stainless steel.
  • Techniques & Requirements.
    • The FŌTERA® process allows colors to be combined to create a gentle gradation of color and hue, without using the traditional brass or zinc edging outlining the color fields.
    • The colors were specially formulated according to the artist’s specifications, therefore every color formula is unique.
    • The panels were ground to a smooth finish and sealed to withstand an outdoor environment.
  • Stakeholders. Waters Landing Elementary School