China’s Terracotta Army Lego Street Art

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The Daily Mail has a nice story with some more cool pictures here: “They may not have the historical significance or same grand scale as their real-life counterparts, but this image of China’s terracotta warriors is still an impressive sight.

An amazing piece of street art has brought the famous Chinese terracotta army to life once again – in the form of Lego figures.

The ’3D’ child-friendly version of the life-sized terracotta legion was drawn in chalk on a flat street, giving the impression the Lego figures have been unearthed from the middle of the road.

The artwork was produced by a group of Dutch street artists, as part of the Saratosa Chalk Festival in Florida.

Artist Leon Keer, who led the project, said he was inspired by the iconic image of the 8,000-strong Chinese terracotta army which was first uncovered in 1974 and is now one of China’s biggest tourist attractions.

He said: ‘I’m always fascinated about what history reveals, and I try to connect the historical events with current issues in this society.

‘I wanted to bring the famous Chinese statues alive, but decided to use Lego rather than just copy the originals.

‘Everybody knows lego from their childhood as a good tool to explore the imagination.

‘It’s not an attempt to change the history, but rather to give something informative to the public and question the existing environment of its opportunism and society control.

‘Our team, known as Planet Streetpainting, like to think and do big, stretch our limits and surprise. That’s why we never make the same thing twice.’

Mr Keer’s painting was so large he needed the help of three other artists, who took several hours to create the eye-catching street art.

The Terracotta Army is a collection of terracotta sculptures depicting the armies of Qin Shi Huang, the first Emperor of China.

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.

Emperor Qin Shi Huang is said to have had them made in the hope they would protect him in the afterlife.

The tomb of the Chinese terracotta army and its accompanying museum in the country’s ancient capital of Xian is among China’s biggest tourist draws, attracting hundreds of thousands of visitors each year.

The three pits at the site are thought to hold 8,000 life-sized figures of archers, infantry soldiers, horse-drawn chariots, officers and acrobats, plus 130 chariots with 520 horses and 150 cavalry horses.

The statues stand between 6ft and 6ft 5in tall and weigh about 400lb.”