If you’re feeling uninspired in the summer heat, fear not: there are benefits to sticking around the city in this season!
St Louis, for one, has found a way to reward its citizens by inviting everyone to the Lantern Festival at the Missouri Botanical Garden. There is no better way to spend the evening than strolling through the Garden’s alleyways, taking in the sights and cooling off after a long summer day.
The omnipresent dragon is guarding the entrance to the gardens at the huabiao columns. Columns like these were built in front of temples and tombs to represent and attract good luck to visitors.
Throughout the space, you’ll find paper and silk art installations inspired by traditional elements of Chinese culture, all made with remarkable detail and scale
This piece is the exact replica of Beijing Heavenly Temple – a famous site in China from 1420 AD
The lantern is an impressive tribute to its Chinese origin (as proven by the joy of a curious spectator!)
The 5 o’clock traffic jam at the Japanese Garden…
…is replaced by vibrant expressions of color at the Nine-Dragon Mural
To get the best of both worlds, visit around 7pm when dusky light of the skies is followed by magical glow of the lanterns
Slowly but surely night falls, and the Garden is transformed. Favorite mythical creature of the Middle Kingdom is lurking in murky waters, instilling both fear and awe…
On closer look, the porcelain dragon is less frightening and more awe-inspiring – it is hand-tied together from myriads of cooking utensils…
Most lanterns are installed on water, which amplifies beautiful visual effects
The Flying Apsaras, or fairies, seem to be floating in evening air. These creatures represent Buddhist symbols of grace and elegance…
Nearby, another graceful and elegant creature – crane…
Every detail, every piece is a work of art
The explosion of Red
A wishing well, where any soul can try its luck to find wisdom, health, love, or prosperity. Extremely lucky souls might get all four!
Traditional Chinese wedding in red – color of love, happiness and prosperity.
Qilin is a mythical animal that brings prosperity and luck. Millions of Chinese medicine bottles were put together to create this auspicious creature.
The exhibition is here until August 19. If you are in St Louis this summer, don’t miss the opportunity to be transported to another world, if only for an evening!