by Inigo del Castillo in New Art on Wednesday 5 February 2014

Chinese artist Xia Nan put a holiday twist to the famous Terracotta Army by donning them with colourful and brightly-lit lanterns. Installed at the Edinburgh University Old College Quadrangle, the 2.5 meter tall sculptures usher in the Chinese New Year with their red, green, blue, and white, hues.

Nan’s ‘Lanterns of Terracotta Army’ is a creative take on the famous collection of terracotta sculptures that were assigned to defend the Chinese emperor Qin Shi Huang’s soul. Though they may not number in the thousands – there are 90 in the installation – Nan’s version still evokes wonder and a sense of history, not to mention some New Year spirit.

The installation first appeared back in 2008 for the Beijing Olympic Games and has since travelled to other cities in China. This is the first time it is being displayed in Edinburgh, where it can be seen until the 7th of February

Via My Modern Met