Patty Eckels sent in these photos of an incredible light display at a nearby public garden.
Magnolia Plantation here in Charleston, South Carolina, is holding an event for the first time called “Lights of Magnolia.” People have been working for months getting it ready. All the materials were shipped from China. Everything was done by hand, including the welding of the dragon with its 26,600 porcelain plates that were hand-tied one by one. The animals and hundreds of lanterns are all done in silk. The big ball is made from tiny little bottles filled with water, all wired together, one by one.
The display is indescribable and amazing. I hope you enjoy these pictures. Maybe you can make a trip to Charleston to see this!
This huge dragon is made from porcelain plates laboriously hand-tied.
The dragon all lit up at night. Puts the usual holiday light display to shame!
Whole herds of animals, all of which are silk lanterns, are lit from within so that they glow magically in the night.
Another scene is made from glowing silk lanterns.
Close-up of a structure made from tiny jars filled with colored water, creating a gemlike texture when lit.
A huge sphere made of tiny water-filled jars wired together, glistening like a jewel in the sun.
The dragon under construction, under Magnolia Plantation’s iconic trees draped with Spanish moss (Tillandsia usneoides, Zones 8–11).
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