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Lantern Festival Photography

Art by Day, Magic by Night—that was the theme of the Lantern Festival, a Chinese cultural event that was held at the Missouri Botanical Garden this summer. Wow, what a fitting description.  My husband and I were there last night, and I’m still in awe. It was so beautiful and truly magical.

This gorgeous dragon greeted us as we entered by day, and as we left at night.  Isn’t he stunning?

As we walked through the garden,  it was such a beautiful transformation–first to see the lanterns in the daylight and appreciate all of the art (silk stretched over steel frames–amazing), and then to watch them become even more beautiful as the darkness fell.

I learned that Asian artists were brought here to St. Louis to create the lantern sets, using very old techniques. The process begins  as chalk drawings on concrete, and the steel frames are built from there. Then silk is placed over the frames.  I can’t use the word amazing enough times to describe them.

There were so many amazing lanterns that it’s hard to choose which ones to share here–I would love to show you all of them.

This one is four stories tall.
The nine dragon wall

Many beautiful things to see.

Wishing Tree
This dragon’s scales are made of porcelain plates.

 I’m so glad we caught it on its final week (despite the crowd, who was doing the same thing!)

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21 Comments

  1. Hi, thanks for stopping by my blog and for your sweet comment. I'm glad to find your blog, too – love the pics of the dragon, wow! Hugs ~ Mary

  2. Pam!
    Thank you for visiting & leaving me such a NICE COMPLIMENT! You've made me feel VERY BLESSED today! 🙂
    Your pictures of the Lantern Festival are WONDERFUL!!!!!!!!!! I've ALWAYS enjoyed ANYTHING ASIAN! THEY'RE JUST GORGEOUS!!!!!!!! 🙂
    Missouri, huh? I went to school there! (CBC) 🙂
    Again, THANK YOU! AND Thanks for following me! 🙂

    1. Thanks so much. I appreciate the compliments! I snapped the pictures quickly, as there was a huge crowd, but the exhibits were so pretty, they photographed well.

  3. Wow!! That is sooo cool! I wish I could've been there to see it! Such great photos that I'm sure it would've been even more awesome to see in person!

  4. Oh how wonderful! I really love these shots. I wish I was there, but you took me there with your photos. Thank you for joining in. 🙂

  5. What is stunning is your photography!!! Pam, these pictures are REALLY beautiful!!! Enjoyed your post!!! 🙂

  6. Pam, it was so neat to see another version of the lantern festival and your pictures are fabulous. We both seemed to be particularly impressed by the dragon. While Pittsburgh's was centered around wildlife, yours was in a particularly beautiful setting. And, I didn't know about the caulk drawings to create them!

    1. Thanks so much, Debbee! Yes, the dragon was incredible, wasn't it? I was so thrilled to see your post and see another version of the festival! The process to create them is just amazing.

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