Sunday, August 23, 2015

Funky little hamlet of Esquimalt - Lantern Festival

I live in an eclectic little bedroom community on Vancouver Island. Esquimalt is a tight knit little community with a small town vibe. I affectionately call it E-town, you've seen snippets of it when I go walking along the West Song walkway, we are just minutes away from the ocean.
Every year towards the end of summer the community is invited to make funky lanterns to celebrate summer and bring community members together. There are artists, musicians, dancers, and funky bands, and of course a Scottish piper. 
Whoo Whoo! The wise old owl. There are lanterns in the style of fish, flowers, houses, cakes, boats, everything! No motorcycles though, maybe I will have to try and create one.
A very creative jellyfish, it's made out of dryer pipe and bubble wrap. 
Jellyfish from the inside, notice the little fish in the tentacles. 

The most incredible lantern is the HMCS Oriole. The gentleman who created this artful lantern is one of Esquimalt's finer artists. The picture does not do it justice! It is spectacular.

Star lanterns
Beautiful displays at the entrance.

A beautiful elephant.

Just a little snippet of fun and festivities at the Esquimalt Lanternn festival.
Let them eat cake!
The celestial heavens.

11 comments:

SonjaM said...

The jelly fish lantern is definitely my favourite.

Scooterchick said...

Mine too....and next to that is the boat and then the man in the moon.....:-). Very cool!

Edward Kilner said...

Sure looks like a fun and colourful festival. I had never heard of it, of course. Thanks for the pics.

Andrew Thomson said...

The yacht is my favourite. Didn't see any motorcycles...

Dar said...

I think I may need to try and make a motorcycle lantern for next year.

VStar Lady said...

All very cool but like Sonja the jellyfish is my fav.

Trobairitz said...

Awesome lanterns!

Deb said...

Wow! Never seen anything like this! So very cool.

I did love the jellyfish!

Coop a.k.a. Coopdway said...

I've never seen anything like these lanterns either, what a cool idea! Creative and artistic projects on public display, so nice!

Robert Wilson said...

Are they released into the sky at the end? Or in a river? I can just imagine how lovely it would be to see that Jellyfish float into the air...but with some of them, I guess that just would be asking to much of the designer.

Lynne Goebeler said...

So creative and fabulous! What a great festival to bring people together!