Art by day, magic by night, and a lot of hard work in the meantime at the Missouri Botanical Garden
Already, the Welcoming Dragon snakes its way down the entrance to the Missouri Botanical Garden, sparkling gold in the May sun. Here and there throughout the garden, pieces of the Lantern Festival are popping up, but the real work happens in a corner of the west lot, where 40 Chinese artisans are busy creating the giant works of art.
The festival, which begins May 26 and runs through Aug. 19, is a first for the garden, says Karen Hill with public relations, so they have no idea how many visitors to expect. And already, they’re beginning to explore possibilities of what will happen to the lanterns, created on-site for the festival, once the festival is over.
Hill said she couldn’t disclose the total price tag of the festival because of an agreement signed with the company providing the work, but that it wouldn’t be possible without corporate sponsors and sponsors of individual installations.
For more on the Lantern Festival, go to www.mobot.org. And for a peek at what’s happening behind the fence, check out the video below.