Take yourself on a mesmerizing journey through the looking glass at this new interactive art experience and bar Wonderland Dreams coming to NYC this October.
Created by artist Alexa Meade and Rosé Mansion founders Catching flights, this 26,000-square-foot immersive dreamscape is inspired by the magic of Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. 20 rooms of floor to ceiling paintings transport visitors to a world of giant playing cards, secret rose gardens, and mad tea parties, and puts them inside the paintings themselves in a living gallery.
Every inch of the space is hand-painted using Meade’s signature 3D painting style which makes the world appear to be a 2D work of art. Guests become the subject of each painting, bringing each seemingly endless room to life and making them feel like they’ve stepped out of reality.
You can’t imagine what lies in store for you at this experience. Become the Queen of Hearts by taking your seat on her throne, ride a rocking horse in a golden field as giant magical flowers bloom, and bask in the light of glowing lanterns as you become the Mad Hatter calling on those around you to join for Tea Time.
After meandering through the magic guests will find a wine bar and café based on storytelling where they can order drinks that seem like they’re from a fairytale, such as Queen Victoria’s Sweet Tokaji or Cleopatra’s Brachetto, served in custom-made glasses to make guests feel like they’ve been whisked away to a different time and place. Themed small plates and snacks accompany the drinks as well.
Guests can even take home their own piece of the magic, choosing from gift shop items such as clothes, playing cards, or one-of-a-kind 3D painted art objects.
“I believe art should make everyone feel welcome and leave them inspired, which is exactly my goal with the experience. At Wonderland Dreams, everyone who walks into the exhibit becomes part of this living work of art,” said Alexa Meade.
The experience will be open for a limited time, starting Friday, October 2nd and running through April 2023. See where to buy tickets on their website here. You don’t need a ticket to visit the Wine Bar and Café, and reservations are recommended but not required. Reservations will be available soon.
Where: 529 5th Ave.
When: Friday, October 2nd – April 2023
Hours: Monday 12p.m. – 10p.m., Wednesday-Thursday 12p.m. – 10p.m., Friday-Saturday 10a.m. – 11p.m., Sunday 10a.m. – 1op.m.