Paper lanterns to launch on dark Detroit block

Published On: Nov 24 2012 04:32:37 AM EST

AP

DETROIT -

Floating paper lanterns will be launched in Detroit's former Chinatown as part of a community-based event.

The Saturday evening event near Wayne State University is dubbed "Illuminating Chinatown." The lanterns made by local artists, designers and university students are set to be launched in a block without working street lights.

Paper lanterns were first used as signaling balloons and now are used in festivals to signify good luck and new beginnings. Organizers say they also intend for them to signal change coming from the hands of the community.

The event is one of a series from a course led by visiting artist Fritz Haeg. His work has included edible gardens, public dances, urban parades and documentaries.

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