The Chinese Lantern Festival comprises a collection made of silky cloth, glass, and porcelain. The 2013 exhibition is larger than the previous year's — 24 lantern sets will include an impressive Royal Dragon Boat, and a Porcelain Pagoda towering 52 feet. The pagoda is made from a staggering 68,000 plates, bowls, spoons, and wine cups...all tied together by hand. (This, compared with last year's Porcelain Dragon, which was made from 15,000 pieces.)
When the sun goes down, the lanterns come to life, as the art illuminates, moves, and takes on an other-worldly life of its own.
Construction of this exceptional exhibit originated in China, where a team of more than 100 artisans and technical staff did preliminary work in Sichuan, the cradle of Chinese lantern-making. Small completed pieces and raw materials are being shipped by sea to the U.S. west coast, and will then be trucked to Dallas, where a team of more than 40 are scheduled to arrive from China to construct the majority of the exhibits on-site. As they did last year, they are prepared to work through long, hot days to create a showcase of the world's foremost lantern-makers.
Plan to come see the fruits of their labor, and 'Light a New Dream', beginning September 27.