Lantern Festival Opens May 26 At The Garden

Exhibit showcases Chinese culture, traditions through larger-than-life displays

"Welcoming Dragon" will greet visitors to the Missouri Botanical Garden during "Lantern Festival: Art by Day, Magic by Night." (click for larger version)
May 18, 2012
The Missouri Botanical Garden brings an unprecedented international exhibition to St. Louis for a limited run this summer. "Lantern Festival: Art by Day, Magic by Night" features elaborate, illuminated works of art from China.

The striking sets, crafted primarily of colorful silks and molded steel, showcase Chinese culture, traditions and symbolism through larger-than-life displays lit for evening viewing. Experience "Lantern Festival: Art by Day, Magic by Night" from May 26 through Aug. 19. The Grand Opening Weekend celebration is May 26-28 from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. all three days; exhibition evenings continue from 6 to 10 p.m. on Thursdays through Sundays, May 31-July 29, and nightly from Aug. 1-19 (last entry at 9 p.m.).

Admission is $22 for adults and $10 for children (ages 3 to 12), with discounts for Garden members. Learn more at

The Lantern Festival sets are erected outdoors throughout the northern half of the Missouri Botanical Garden grounds, anchored in grassy areas, pools and fountains. People, plants, animals, buildings and other scenery elements are created in three-dimensional form by shaping steel to make an inner framework for each piece.

Each lantern set portrays an aspect of Chinese culture, history and tradition. Mythical dragons, traditional symbols of the Chinese people, are represented in many forms, from the mighty Welcoming Dragon to the towering Dragon Embracing the Pillars to the replication of Beijing's intricate Nine-Dragon Mural. Several Chinese legends are depicted in great detail, including the celebrated tale of Jiang Tai Gong Fishing and The First Emperor's Quest for Immortality. Representations of the Terracotta Army warriors, Buddha, panda bears and lotus flowers showcase well-recognized symbols and figures from China.

The Missouri Botanical Garden is located at 4344 Shaw Blvd. Free parking is available on site and two blocks west at the corner of Shaw and Vandeventer.

For more information, visit or call 5775100.

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