Lantern festival returning to MoBOT

ST. LOUIS – The Missouri Botanical Garden announced Wednesday they will bring back the popular Chinese lantern festival next year.

"Lantern Festival: Magic Reimagined" will debut May 23, 2015, showcasing 22 lighted works of art from from Zigong, China.

Dr. Peter Wyse Jackson, president of the Missouri Botanical Garden, says the 2012 Lantern Festival was such a hit they had to bring it back.

"We were overwhelmed with the reaction our 2012 Lantern Festival received and for the last two years have heard from so many people asking if another festival would ever be held," said Jackson. "At the same time, we have continued our botanical research in China, and feel it is fitting to highlight the growing number of botanical gardens in that country as we celebrate the continued contributions the Missouri Botanical Garden makes in science on a global scale."

Take a look back at the 2012 festival:

The 2015 festival will feature new silk and steel structures, illuminated during the evening hours. Some of the planned sets include "Porcelain Supas Pagoda," which will be a replica of the Supas Pagoda constructed during the Qing Dynsaty and made with more than 300,000 pieces of porcelain, and "Giant Dandelion & Panda," which will be made with recycled water bottles.

To offset the electricity necessary to make the lanterns shine, the Garden says Ameren Missouri Pure Power will donate wind energy credits.

Crews assemble 2012 lanterns:

The exhibit will run through Aug. 22. As they did at the end of the 2012 festival, pieces of the exhibit will be sold to people who would like to own a part of MoBOT history.

Tickets for "Magic Reimagined" will go on sale Nov. 1. Visitors are encouraged to purchase tickets in advance due to high demand.

This year the Garden has seen about 100,000 visitors, which is up 43 percent over the same time last year and 150 percent over 2012.


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