Under a huge white tent, women do the detailed work of wrapping brightly colored silk over the metal shaped by the men. This morning ritual is the slow tedious work to produce the “Lights of Magnolia,” the first Chinese lantern display staged at an American garden by the www.ZigongLanternGroup.com of China.
The women artisans are, pictured left to right: Xiulan Zhu, Liu Jiayu, Xia Chen, and Rong Gui.
They make up a contingent of 26 Chinese citizens at work at Magnolia to create this once-in-a-lifetime spectacle!
As their work proceeds, the Children’s Garden and Magnolia Campground will be closed until Oct. 31.
All of this will work will culminate on Nov. 15 with the debut of “Lights of Magnolia.”
The lights will glow at night through March 15. For more information and tickets, visit www.lightsofmagnolia.com.