Lights, Art, and “Chinese” Culture

Last winter, I went back home to Dallas, TX. I heard about the Chinese Lantern Festival at Fair Park (event area in Dallas) that got many positive reviews, so I went with some friends from home. It did not disappoint. There was an array of different materials (lights, silky cloth, and glass) used to create these beautiful, large sculptures/lanterns.  What was interesting to me was to see pagoda-style sculptures, and then, a sculpture of the Statue of Liberty. Like the concept behind the Chinese Takeout Box laser-cutter project, I wonder how much authenticity, if at all, there is to this installation, and how much of this is prescribing to Americanized notions to Chinese culture. That being said, below are some of the pictures I took.




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