The famed Terracotta warriors from China are currently honored as part of an art exhibition in Colombia, which brings together the South American country and China as part of the fifteenth Iberoamerican Theater Festival of Bogota. The combination of two symbols: the legendary Chinese lanterns and the guardians of Emperor Qin Shihuang also mark the beginning of the 2016 China-Latin America Cultural Exchange Year.
The Asian ambassador to Colombia, Li Nianping, inaugurated the exhibition of 80 sculptures, each more than two meters high, that form a modern and conceptualized replica of the figures buried in the mausoleum of Emperor Qin Shi Huang.
(Soundbite, Spanish) Du Shuailin, representative of China Performing Arts Agency
“This is the first time we have participated in this exhibition. This is because 2016 is the year of cultural exchange between China and Latin America and the Caribbean. We want to put on different exhibitions, concerts and dance activities between the two sides.”
Unlike the original parts, these warriors, acting as lanters, also represent children and pregnant women as a symbol of the force of family that dominates ancient Chinese culture.