The streets of Vancouver are once again adorned with art celebrating this year’s BC Lion’s Society’s City Public Art Projects. Similar to previous years’ Orcas, Bears, and Eagles, this year, limited edition Terracotta Warrior sculptures have been sponsored by companies, organizations, and individuals, to be painted by BC artists.
Celebrating the cultural diversity of BC and promoting civic pride lie at the heart of this project, as local artists create a unique design and apply it to the surface of a seven-foot custom formed fiberglass figure, the Terracotta Warrior.
DDB Canada has participated in the charity event since its inception, and has commissioned local artists to get creative on the projects in years past. This year, our very own Darren Palmer took on the art piece and painted the Terracotta Warrior, titled “The Union”.
“The Union” is the first year Darren has participated in the citywide art project and as he explains, “The Terracotta Warrior stands on guard to defend the eternal spirit and love of Emperor Qin Shi Huang and Empress Dowanger Cixi within their “Afterlife Empire.”
Darren’s piece is separated into the front and back of the Warrior, aptly named “The Earth” and “The Universe”. The Earth is comprised of images of carps, lotus, orchids, bamboo, cherry blossoms, the great wall, cranes and coins, with each element representing something particular, the Universe sees symbolic paintings of an eclipse, phoenixes, and stars.
The sculptures are displayed in prominent public spaces around the city from now until October 2012. You can view a full list and map of where each Terracotta Warrior is located. After the display period, the sculptures will be sold at auction with all proceeds benefitting the BC Lions Society’s Easter Seals Services.
DDB Canada is a proud supporter of the BC Lions Society, is a registered charity founded in 1952, supporting children with disabilities through specialized services and programs, throughout BC and the Yukon.
Source: DDB Canada. Photo: BJ Vicks.