North Coast Weekender - - Front Page - Tanya MacNaughton

THE tra­di­tion of the Chi­nese lantern fes­ti­val helped in­spire the ex­hi­bi­tion Lights by Dream-Works – The Ex­pe­ri­ence at Crown Pyra­mid.

Event di­rec­tor Keith Brown said they had taken the marvel of Dream-Works and its ma­jor movie char­ac­ters from Shrek, Kung Fu Panda, Mada­gas­car and How To Train Your Dragon and brought them to life in a 3D lantern ex­pe­ri­ence.

“Lanterns were welded out of steel to get the 3D de­sign and then stitched and glued with real silk to bring the il­lu­mi­na­tion,” Brown said. “It was hours of construction.” Ex­hi­bi­tion-go­ers will also get to meet Shrek, Po, Alex the Lion and spe­cial guests Poppy and Branch from Trolls.

Chil­dren can make their own Vik­ing shield and lantern, sketch draw­ings of the movie char­ac­ters, go on rides and en­joy a cinema ex­pe­ri­ence.

“This was built to go to Her Majesty’s Mu­seum in Lon­don for Christ­mas and we were able to se­cure it af­ter Lon­don to bring it to Aus­tralia,” Brown said. “The tour has only been to Mel­bourne in Aus­tralia, so Perth will see it sec­ond.”

When asked who his favourite Dream-Works char­ac­ter was, Brown did not even hes­i­tate. “My favourite is Shrek,” he said. “Ev­ery­one knows him and he looks fan­tas­tic in some of the ma­jor parts of the ex­hi­bi­tion.

Shrek and his chil­dren in lights.

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