Wonderland Spectacle Co. produces parades and festivals and all sorts of spectacles. Lead artists Kari Percival and Greg Cook hand-paint fabric banners, fashion masks out of poster board, craft puppets out of twigs and cardboard, paint murals, make fun videos, and inspire volunteers to join them in community spectacles big and tiny. And they teach others how to do these things too in their how-to workshops.
Wonderland Spectacle Co. helped create Cambridge’s Mermaid Promenade, Somerville’s spring Starting Over Festival, Malden’s Santas Against Global Warming, Arlington’s Fox Festival Parade, Foo-topia for AS220’s Foo Fest in Providence, and Beverly’s Saddest Parade on Earth. And we’ve made videos for Boston Children’s Museum. (See more photos of Wonderland Spectacle Co. spectacles.) Kari and Greg aim to speak up for those who have no voices and create parades that tell stories, question injustice, celebrate wonder, and advocate for all living things on earth.
Looking for help creating your next spectacle? Send Wonderland Spectacle Co. an email.
Exciting Art and Nature Videos
When a family of wild turkeys visited our backyard in Greater Boston, we wondered how the birds came to live in the city. To find the answer, come along with us as we visit Jim Cardoza of MassWildlife, who led the effort to restore wild turkeys to Massachusetts after they had been gone for more than 100 years.
Learn how to grow a pumpkin.
Learn how to get rid of a terrible (coronavirus) monster in this helpful video.
Enjoy a rainy day with Wonderland Spectacle Co. in our new video “Rain.” Play in puddles. Learn how to make a rain band. Craft paper boats. Look for rainbows.
The Wonderland-Spectacle-Co.-Mobile heads to the Great Blue Hills, just south of Boston in this video. Climb the hills with us. See a chipmunk, a leaf-footed beetle, a flower longhorn beetle, and a bee. Check out the view from the observation tower at the top. Then draw Great Blue Hill with us.
Help us Welcome Back Songbirds to our neighborhoods in this video. Look for nuthatches, cardinals, chickadees, red-winged blackbirds and grackles. Then make your own bird artwork to decorate your window.
Learn the story of Wonderland Spectacle Co. in this video. What is a spectacle and how do you make one? Find out the answer as we talk about our inspirations and art, including the Sad Parade, the Mermaid Promenade, the How to Fix the World Festival, the Starting Over Festival, and Arlington’s Fox Festival.