The Lanterns of Terracotta Warriors Exhibition
The Lanterns of Terracotta Warriors Exhibition has been presented in Beijing, Shanghai and other major Chinese cities and it was a great success as part of the Stockton International Festival (SIRF) commemorating the festival twinning with Beijing Chaoyang Spring Carnival on the occasion of SIRF’s 25th anniversary. In October 2013 the Lanterns were presented as part of Birmingham’s Illuminate Festival and in January 2014 the exhibition made its Scottish debut in Edinburgh to mark Chinese New Year.
In February 2015 the Lanterns of Terracotta Warriors will travel to Sydney, Australia for a 10-day exhibition as part of the Chinese New Year celebrations.
The Lanterns of Terracotta Warriors Exhibition was commissioned in 2008 for the Beijing Olympic Games. The lanterns are inspired by the famous ‘terracotta army’ discovered when the tomb of the 3rd Century BC Chinese emperor Qin Shi Huang was found in Xi’an province in 1974. This army, housed in an underground vault of 12,000 sq.m, comprised 8,000 warriors arranged in battle formation, ready to defend the emperor’s immortal soul.
The artist of the lantern exhibition chose to humanise the terracotta army, in keeping with the traditions of Chinese lantern design. These brightly coloured, greater than life size figures are accurate representations of the terracotta soldiers, but this ‘army’ includes women and children arranged in family groups.
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