The Missouri Botanical Garden is hosting a first-ever Chinese Lantern Festival this summer, on display through August 19. The Lantern Festival:Art by Day, Magic by Night is a showcase of huge and elaborate illuminated works of art from China never before seen in the U.S. This unique show is the piece de resistance for the Year of China, as described by the Garden staff. A team of Chinese artists spent months in St. Louis, creating 26 elaborate lantern sets designed to be displayed outdoors in the Garden. The sets are larger than life and lighted for a magical nighttime experience. Lantern festivals trace their origins to Chinese history and today, the custom continues in St. Louis. The Chinese artists labored for months constructing the lanterns from colorful silk and molded steel. The sets, all custom made at the Garden, each tell a story. Visitors can see iconic Chinese imagery fashioned from steel rods, porcelain and glass and the finest of Chinese silks and crafted into such things as dragons, opera masks, a sail boat, butterflies, moons, stars and a heavenly temple. This is the first time the LanternFest company has appeared in the US. The Garden has special complementary events planned throughout the summer. $22 adults; $10 children. For complete information, visit www.mobot.org

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