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In full bloom

Reflecting the beauty of an enchanting full moon, a bounty of lanterns light up Plaza Arkadia to mark the Mid-Autumn Festival.

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Long the inspiration for poets, artists, writers and romantics alike, the mysterious celestial moon has, over the ages, captured the imagination of many.

In Chinese culture, the full moon is a symbol for family reunion and is celebrated on the fifteenth day of the eighth month in the Chinese lunisolar calendar, which falls sometime between mid-September and early October.

Known as the Mid-Autumn Festival, Mooncake Festival or Lantern Festival, family members congregate on this night to eat mooncakes and light up lanterns to pay homage to the moon.

In the same spirit of fellowship and camaraderie, Mosaic Art Studio @ Plaza Arkadia collaborated with students from The International School @ ParkCity Kuala Lumpur (ISP KL) to foster inter-cultural understanding through fun art therapy.

Students were invited to draw upon their inner creativity to fashion their own lanterns and design them according to the assigned theme of “your favourite international food or item”. All the required art supplies were provided by Mosaic Art Studio whilst ISP KL teachers guided the students as they crafted their lanterns during art classes. The students had a blast of a time fabricating their inspired imaginations and developing their artistic sides.

The completed lanterns, numbering a whopping 780 pieces, were displayed in Plaza Arkadia from Sept 18 to Oct 8, 2023. Like an assembly of mini multi-coloured moons, the lanterns were strung up at the Main Atrium, the drop-off point, the Kid’s Playground and in Block D, creating a captivating and ethereal display of festive joy.

This partnership between Mosaic Art Studio and ISP KL is another example
of the warm community spirit that illuminates the heart of our township, where seeds of creativity are planted from a young age.