Remember in the past when Vancouver streets were filled with fibreglass orcas, bears and eagle sculptures. In keeping with the annual public art tradition this year the city streets of Vancouver, Richmond and Burnaby will be adorned with 33 Terracotta warriors.
The Terracotta warriors were unveiled this week at a ceremony at Dr. Sun Yat-sen Garden on East Pender.
The Terracotta Army or the “Terra Cotta Warriors and Horses”, is a collection of terracotta sculptures depicting the armies of Qin Shi Huang, the first Emperor of China. It is a form of funerary art buried with the emperor in 210–209 BC and whose purpose was to protect the emperor in his afterlife, and to make sure that he had people to rule over.
The figures, dating from 3rd century BC, were discovered in 1974 by some local farmers in Lintong District, Xi’an, Shaanxi province, near the Mausoleum of the First Qin Emperor
Here is a map listing the locations of the warriors in the city of Vancouver.
View Terracotta Warriors in a larger map