Open Today
9:30AM-8:00PM

Unforgettable Connections.

Exciting. Interactive. Fun.

Tampa's Lowry Park Zoo Welcomes 40 Chinese Craftsmen to Sunshine State Who Will Create Zoominations

by User Not Found | Jan 30, 2015
A team of 40 highly-skilled craftsmen and women from the village of Zigong, the birthplace of the Chinese Lantern Festival, have arrived at Tampa’s Lowry Park Zoo to build Zoominations, A Chinese Lantern Festival of Lights. The first of its kind in the Southeastern U.S., the three-month exhibition will debut at the Zoo February 28 during Chinese New Year celebrations (which occur February 19 - March 5, 2015 throughout China).

Chinese Lantern Festival of Lights Opens Feb. 28

TAMPA, Fla. (January 30, 2015) — A team of 40 highly-skilled craftsmen and women from the village of Zigong, the birthplace of the Chinese Lantern Festival, have arrived at Tampa’s Lowry Park Zoo to build Zoominations, A Chinese Lantern Festival of Lights. The first of its kind in the Southeastern U.S., the three-month exhibition will debut at the Zoo February 28 during Chinese New Year celebrations (which occur February 19 - March 5, 2015 throughout China).

The craftsmen traveled 7,500 miles to Tampa where they will spend four weeks manually constructing the large-scale illuminated displays. The first set of materials filled two semi-trailers which was transported on ocean carriers, with more shipments to come. The ancient art of lantern making requires years of study in the trade combined with modern technologies. Artisans draw patterns of the structures on the ground, design and weld 3-D wire frames to make the forms, insert LED lights into the framework, and apply silk fabric over the frames. The individual structures will be assembled into 30 spectacular scenes over 26 acres of the Zoo, representing traditional Chinese themes from nature to folklore and groups of larger-than-life Zoo animals like elephants and rhinos.

In China, the Lantern Festival is held on the last day of the Chinese New Year celebration (falling on March 5 in 2015). It is one of the country’s most important traditional festivals, tracing back to the Han Dynasty more than 2,000 years ago.

Anticipated to be one of the largest lantern festivals held in the U.S., Zoominations will also feature performances by Chinese acrobats and an artisan market with unique handmade crafts. Visit www.LowryParkZoo.org/Lantern for images and more information. Also find Zoominations on Facebook.

  • Tampa Bay City Pass
  • Association of Zoos and Aquariums
  • affiliate4

Tampa’s Lowry Park Zoo is operated by the Lowry Park Zoological Society, an independent 501(c)(3) charitable organization committed to excellence in education, conservation and research. The Zoo is accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA), and is featured among the “Top 25 Zoos in the U.S” by TripAdvisor (2015) and “10 Best Zoos in the U.S.” by Trekaroo (2015). The Zoo is located at 1101 W. Sligh Avenue in Tampa, one mile west of I-275 (exit 48) and is open seven days a week, from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. 

Give us a suggestion

We are always looking for ways to improve your experience, and your feedback is important to us.

About Us
Contact
Socialize
Tripadvisor Hall of Fame

Sponsored in part by the State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs and the Florida Council on Arts and Culture.