Terracotta Warriors In Vancouver

There is an army of Terracotta Warriors in Vancouver. This sentence might sound rather strange, unless you happen to have walked around the city recently and noticed the relatively new additions.

One of China’s greatest archaeological discoveries, the Terracotta Army, was the inspiration behind a public art project organised by the British Columbia Lions Society.

Thirty-three soldier statues can be found at various locations.

I am always keeping an eye out for them now during my daily wanderings.

The life-size creations are all different shapes and have been individually painted with original designs by local artists.

In homage to the prolific Chinese culture of the city, each of the statues comes with a snippet of detail about Chinese history and life.

The fibreglass designs have been erected since April and will be in place until October.

The real Terracotta Army was discovered in the Shaanxi province of China by local farmers in 1974, near the city-size mausoleum of the first Chinese Emperor, Qin Shi Huang.

The find comprised of terracotta sculptures, including thousands of soldiers along with chariots and horses.

What do you think of Vancouver’s Terracotta Army?


  1. May 22, 2012 / 20:51

    I LOVE the pictures of the terracotta army! I must go downtown and have a look at them. I think this is a great addition to our fine city.

    • May 25, 2012 / 01:07

      Hey Darlene, thanks they’re fab aren’t they!? They reminded me of the Superlambbanana statues they have in Liverpool, which each have a different design ti represent something connected to the city. It’s fun to keep an eye out for them.

  2. June 1, 2012 / 17:43

    They look adorably colorful!They display a great piece of artwork.

    • June 1, 2012 / 19:47

      Thanks Jem, they were a lovely, bright additions to the city. I always like projects like this. There’s on in Liverpool called Superlambbananas, which is basically statues that look across between lambs and bananas (go figure!)