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Mayor Fraim to welcome Chinese artisans to Norfolk Botanical Garden

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Posted at 11:21 AM, Feb 22, 2016
and last updated 2016-02-22 11:21:16-05

Norfolk, Va. – Norfolk City Mayor Paul Fraim will welcome over 30 Chinese artisans to the City of Norfolk and Norfolk Botanical Garden on February 25.

“The City of Norfolk is proud to host LanternAsia, the first ever Chinese Lantern Exhibition in Virginia and all of the eastern seaboard at our Norfolk Botanical Garden,” said Mayor Paul D. Fraim. “This magnificent display of larger than life art will draw thousands of visitors to our City, celebrating culture and diversity.”

In mid-January 2016, two dozen artisans came from China to build and install the custom-made structures at the garden. The lanterns are made of silk, steel and other eco-friendly materials. More than 30 Asian lanterns will be built.

“The detail and craftsmanship of these mystical works of art will be awe-inspiring by day, while by night, art will turn to magic as these gigantic lanterns are illuminated,” said Norfolk Botanical Garden President and CEO Michael Desplaines.

The Norfolk Botanical Garden is temporarily closed to the public during the construction of the exhibit. An exclusive LaternAsia opening party will be held on March 2. Opening day festivities will begin on March 5.

If you’re interested in purchasing tickets, click here.