Reports have been coming in the last few days of a strange and bizarre occurrence: life-sized ancient Chinese terracotta solders have been spotted in key tourist hotspots around Cape Town. A cyclist on the Sea Point Promenade sent this photo of one such soldier hanging out at the popular pedestrian area.
Another bemused passerby sent a picture of a soldier queuing to get up Table Mountain, While another was seen wanting to get in on some sporting action this past weekend at Cape Town Stadium.
But don’t panic! After further investigation, it has been discovered that these terracotta soldiers have been touring Cape Town ahead of their official arrival in the city. The Terracotta Army and the First Emperor of China: The Exhibition makes it majestic march to Cape Town this December for the first time.
Are you fascinated by culture and history? Have you ever wondered what it would be like to have lived in Ancient China? Discover the mysterious secrets of China from times long past with the Terracotta Army proudly brought to you by Expo RSA and the V&A Waterfront.
Opening at the V&A Waterfront on the 10th December 2016 and running to 10 February 2017 from 10am-7pm (seven days a week) the exhibition is an extraordinary voyage into the China of 2 200 years ago. It is, undeniably, the most complete exhibition of the Terracotta Army, the necropolis and life of the First Emperor ever created. In an incredible staging, this exhibition brings together life-size reproductions of statues, chariots, weapons and objects from the daily life of the First Emperor of China, Qin Shi Huang, such as they were discovered in the more than 100 pits of the necropolis.
“The works have all been reproduced by Chinese craftsmen from the excavation region, with particular consideration for detail in order to maintain the beauty and originality of the originals,” says Nick Dreyer, Director of Manic Global, a company whose previous exhibitions include the successful The Art of the Brick, Titanic and the Power of Poison. “The realism of these reproductions is reinforced by the environments and a spectacular audio-visual and lighting installation.”
The exhibition showcases over 300 objects, with more than 180 warriors. The displays are all built, hand painted, and made of the original Terracotta Clay which will run over1200 square meters and over seven scenes – the exact area of the original army. A large sectional recreation of Pit No 1 (the largest pit of the ancient mausoleum) is a highlight, showing clearly the enormity of what is the newest and most important archaeological find of the 20th Century.
Tickets are available from www.webtickets.co.za or at the on-site box office. Prices range from R135 for adults, R80 for children, R90 for pensioners and students, and R330 for a family of four (two adults and two children). Children under the age of five enter free. Special school packages are also available.