To Do This Summer: See MOBot's Chinese Lantern Exhibit

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"Lantern Festival: Art by Day, Magic by Night" made its debut last week at the Missouri Botanical Garden. It will be up most of the summer, until August 19. Go see it. Even under normal circumstances, MOBot is among the most magical places in the city, but the illuminated lanterns turn it into something truly spectacular.

"When most people think of a Chinese 'lantern,' they immediately think of a small, round, hanging paper lantern," Lynn Kerkemeyer, MOBot's special exhibits and events manager, said in a statement. "These are incredible, vivid, elaborate sets created from thousands of peces to form amazing, large-scale pieces of art."

And, as MOBot director Peter Wyse Jackson noted when he announced the festival a year ago, this is the first time there's ever been a lantern festival like this in the U.S.

The lanterns themselves were constructed in Zigong, a city in central China and the nation's lantern capitol. (Hey, you've got to be known for something.) They were shipped over here earlier this spring -- it took four shipping containers to hold them all -- and then assembled inside the garden.


There are 26 lantern sets in all. Most of the lanterns are steel frames covered in silk. Like this:


But there are exceptions. This smoke-breathing dragon, which hovers over the central reflecting pools...

blowing-smoke.JPG made of approximately 40,000 pieces of porcelain dishware tied together like so:

courtesy Missouri Botanical Garden

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3 comments  docandpam docandpam

My husband and I have been living in Zigong China for the past 3 years.  The Lanterns are the most incredible site to see.  We will be returning to Kennesaw Georgia our home this month.  We definitively will travel to St. Louis to see the lanterns again.


A few years ago I had a Chinese National that was a business partner. He was incredibly insulted when the jews at the Missouri Botanical Gardens didn't want to talk business but did want to talk to him about the lantern festival from a Chinese perspective. That's the jews for you. Take over control of everything public and run like they own little private enclaves. Pay themselves outrageous salaries and then on top of it they're nothing more than racist bigots.


That's are the one who sounds like a racist bigot.

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