The Lanterns of Terracotta Warriors Exhibition

The Lanterns of Terracotta Warriors

Took a detour on the way home tonight to go and see the Lanterns of Terracotta Warriors Exhibition before it ends tomorrow. They’ve been occupying the grass lawn at the University of Edinburgh Quad for the last 10 days – we are forbidden to stand on this grass while the warriors are here.

Lighting the rain slick slabs

I love the colour of the lanterns and the shadows of the figures reflected on the wet paving slabs – wish I’d have focused in more on this!

The warriors –  modeled on the famous ‘Terracotta Army’ – are constructed using traditional lantern making techniques and were originally created for the 2008 Beijing Olympics. Although they are beautifully made there is something eerie about the figures – I think it’s the blank eyed molded plastic faces:

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The Lanterns of Terracotta Warriors

Lanterns of Terracotta Warriors

This is my favourite photograph of the evening, I downloaded a tutorial the other day on creating photo based textile art so I like the idea of using the warriors as a subject – they are beautifully pieced together, seeing the inner construction gives them a real feeling of solidity and I love the contrast of the bold black lines and bright colours.

It was good to spend 1/2 an hour hanging around with the warriors – my working week has been dominated by Health & Safety tasks so this was a welcome distraction! Also, when I left work at 5 o’clock tonight there was still a bit of light in the sky, aah Spring is on the way…

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