Art by Day, Magic by Night.
March 5 - April 30, 2016

In spring 2016, Norfolk Botanical Garden will transform the Garden’s landscape with colossal works of art that offer a different experience by day and night.

An ancient tradition, which dates back to the Han Dynasty in China more than 2,000 years ago, LanternAsia has traveled to Beijing, Sydney and Rotterdam. Now this magnificent lantern exhibit will leave guests awestruck in Virginia for the first time.

Witness 36 magical illuminating works of art, crafted from silk, steel and other eco-friendly materials highlighting traditional Asian themes that include nature, wildlife, architecture and ancient folklore. These structures – some as tall as four stories – replicate those found in China, Japan, India, Thailand, Korea, Burma and Singapore.


During the day, guests will have the opportunity to see the detail and craftsmanship of these mystical works of art. By night, experience the art illuminated in enormous proportions. The highly detailed workmanship of these Chinese artisans will leave you breathless.

This exhibit, rich in history, dates back to the Han Dynasty. It is the largest of its kind in the U.S. and will only happen at Norfolk Botanical Garden.

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