A whole bunch of new animals have arrived at the Calgary Zoo!
Well, they’re not exactly alive, and they’re made of nylon and mylar and stuffed with lights. But they’re pretty cool!
These are just a few of the 366 hand-crafted light sculptures featured at the Illuminasia Lantern and Garden Festival, a showcase of culture and talent from Japan, China, and India. My hubby and I went down on a balmy Thursday evening a couple of weeks ago and spent a few hours wandering around gawking at the lights. Apparently, each lantern takes a minimum of 10 hours to make. The detail is quite astonishing. Some of the sculptures, such as the moose I photographed, can slowly move their heads as well.
If you live in Calgary and area, there’s still time to check the lanterns out – the installation lasts until November 1 (Thursdays through Sundays only). It’s well worth the visit – they’re absolutely amazing, and fun to photograph!