The Missouri Botanical Garden will play host to an international exhibition of twenty-two lighted works of art from Zigong, China. Following critical acclaim of the 2012 Festival, the garden has commissioned new sets crafted from silk and steel to once again offer visitors from around the world the opportunity to see an event rarely staged outside of Asia.
Lantern festivals are a central part of Chinese culture, dating back thousands of years. Today, lantern festivals traditionally mark the Chinese New Year, when complex and ornate lanterns fill cities. The twenty-two sets that will be seen during the 2015 Lantern Festival will be constructed using traditional materials, including silk, wire, and porcelain. Each set will include interpretation that details the design’s tradition, symbolism, and meaning.
Among the planned sets is Soaring Dragon Horse, located in the garden’s central axis. It depicts a well-known symbol in Chinese culture, the dragon horse. The dragon horse is considered a spirit of Heaven and Earth and thought to bring good fortune.
Porcelain Stupas Pagoda will be constructed with more than 300,000 porcelain pieces including plates, bowls, spoons, teacups, ladles, and wine cups. It serves as a replica of the Stupas Pagoda built in the Qing Dynasty in the Manfeilong Village of the Yunnan Province.
In keeping with the garden’s commitment to sustainability, Giant Dandelion & Panda will be constructed using recycled water bottles. Visitors will be able to take pictures with the larger-than-life flowers creating a cherished photo opportunity.