Terracotta Lantern Warriors

Larger-than-life lanterns inspired by ancient Chinese warriors added a burst of colour to the University’s Old College Quad in February 2015. This unique Chinese art installation proved to be the most popular event ever held in the Quad attracting some 30,000 visitors over the ten days. This event was also a very fitting way to mark the 10th anniversary of the establishment of the Confucius Institute network.

The lanterns were inspired by the world famous Terracotta Warriors, discovered in 1974 when the tomb of the 3rd Century BC First Chinese Emperor Qin Shi Huang was unearthed in the Xi’an province of China. It is thought that they were created to defend the emperor’s immortal soul.

The 90 lantern warriors assembled in Old College Quad illuminated the winter nights and created a stunning spectacle enjoyed by the many thousands of people of all ages who came to visit over the course of the ten days.