Lanterns in­spire

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Exhibition - Tanya Macnaughton

THE tra­di­tion of the Chi­nese lantern fes­ti­val had a lot to do with in­spir­ing the ex­hi­bi­tion Lights by Dreamworks – The Ex­pe­ri­ence at Crown Pyramid.

Event direc­tor Keith Brown said they had taken the marvel of Dreamworks 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.

“All the lanterns have been welded out of steel to get the 3D de­sign and then in­di­vid­u­ally stitched and glued with real silk to bring the il­lu­mi­na­tion,” Brown said.

“It was a lot of 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 Dreamworks 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.”

■ Com­mu­nity News­pa­per Group has 10 family passes to give away to Lights by Dreamworks – The Ex­pe­ri­ence at Crown Pyramid on June 24. En­ter at www.com­mu­ni­tynews. com.au by 10am, June 19.

Shrek and his chil­dren.

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