Terracotta Warriors

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The High Museum of Atlanta chose the Chinese Shaolin Center to bring the Terracotta Warriors to life!


The High Museum's exhibit was inspired by one of the greatest archaeological discoveries of the 20th century, the First Emperor's terracotta army. To foster interest and excitement for the exhibit, the High Museum commissioned the creation of four terracotta warrior costumes and approached the Chinese Shaolin Center to provide the traditional Chinese martial artists to bring the warriors to life. From October 2008 to April 2009, students and instructors from the Chinese Shaolin Center presented Terracotta Warrior appearances at festivals and events throughout Metro Atlanta including: Taste of Atlanta, Macy's Great Tree Lighting Ceremony, an Atlanta Hawks game, an Atlanta Falcons game, a Georgia Tech football game, and a number of events at the High Museum such as Family Day, College Night, Opening Day and the Closing Weekend.

When it was over, the Chinese Shaolin Center Terracotta Warriors had appeared at approximately 30 festivals and events throughout the Metro-Atlanta area. Students and instructors performed demonstrations of a variety of traditional Chinese martial arts and a wide assortment of Chinese weapons.

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Bringing the terracotta warriors to life

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High Museum of Art presents the First Emperor