Chinese Lantern Festival takes shape in Franklin Square

The army of workers assembling the Chinese Lantern Festival in Franklin Square put the finishing touches on the the festival’s signature sculpture, attaching a giant head onto the 200-foot-long dragon lantern.

It took a crew of 15 and a crane to raise the head into position 21 feet above the ground.

In a makeshift tent nearby, sheltered from the wind and rain, work continued on the smaller sculptures. Steel frames were painted with glue, then brightly colored silk was stretched over the frames, shaped and cut. When completed, the displays will be made up of 1,500 individual sculptures.

This is the second year for the festival in Franklin Square. Other than the giant dragon, all the sculptures are new for 2017. The festival runs from May 9 through June 11.

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