THE DRAGON'S COMING
It's getting closer.
And so are 25 other larger-than-life
traditional Chinese creatures, and masks,
and incredible, colorful lantern scenes.
The Lantern Festival is coming to
Missouri Botanical Garden in St. Louis,
May 26 - August 19.
Lantern festivals have a long tradition in China,
but this Lantern Festival will be the first
of its kind in the United States.
A Chinese construction team of artisans, welders,
silk tailors and lantern makers will spend
one month constructing 26 giant lantern scenes
throughout the garden,
crafted of miles of steel and silk.
Each display will add a riot of color at day,
and will be lit each evening at sunset.
(More photos of the artisans at work
on tomorrow's blog, including a 100-foot
dragon made of tea cups, saucers and string!)