Monday, July 9, 2012

Lantern Festival

Last evening we joined Joyce and Anna for a visit to the Lantern Festival at Missouri Botanical Garden in St. Louis, Missouri.
Each one of the massive lanterns is created by forming a frame of wires welded together.  The frame is covered with silk onto which designs have been painted.  The lanterns are illuminated by hundreds of lights.  Thirty highly skilled artisans traveled from the Sichuan Province of China and worked seven weeks to prepare this exhibit.
Terra Cotta Warriors
Panda's Paradise

Lotus Ponds
Goddess Blessing Buddha

Heavenly Temple

Porcelain Dragon
The Porcelain Dragon consists of more than 40,000 individual pirces of porcelain -- platters, plates, cups, and spoons -- tied together using ancient techniques.