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Saturday, February 14, 2015

chinese warriors

On Thursday I met up with Justine in the city. There's always so much to see in Sydney so our morning began with us wandering around Circular Quay to see the terracotta warrior lanterns.  
As part of Sydney's celebration of Chinese new year these colourful warriors have been placed at Dawes point opposite the Opera House. They're actually lanterns and will be lit up at night for the next week or so. I'm sure they will look stunning.

"Created by Chinese artist Xia Nan for the Beijing Olympic Games in 2008, these larger than life lanterns also include women and children arranged in family groups. Fashioned out of fabric and wire, they have all the delicacy of a traditional Chinese lantern, on a scale that inspires awe. With 90 2.1 metre high warriors and two horses glowing in brilliant bursts of colour, this is a sight not to be missed."

It was all still being set up when we arrived, you can see the ladder in the top picture. We asked if we could pop under the rope to take some close up photos and they let us. We even met the artist but he didn't seem to speak English.
 So, I'm looking forward to heading back one night next week to see them glowing. 


  1. these are great, I look forward to seeing your night shots too

  2. Oh, I can't wait to see them lit up - what a wonder that will be! And to think what it took to transport all of these - made of just paper and wire from China to Australia. As always, I am impressed with the commitment Sydney has to public art.

  3. They are so colorful! I'll bet they are stunning at night. I can't wait to see your photos. Many years ago I saw a museum exhibit of some of the real terracotta warriors. They were amazing.

  4. WOW! What an interesting display! This would have been fun to photograph.