Terracotta Warriors: The Spirit of the Warrior
The Spirit of the Warrior guards the pathway to the food court at Oakridge Shopping Center. The contrast of a brilliant orange and turquoise over black was striking. It took some time to find The Spirit of the Warrior because I was looking outside, rather than inside, the complex.
Qin Shi Huangdi’s terracotta soldiers possessed individually unique features, carried authentic weapons and were colourfully attired. The Han-era historian, Sima Qian, wrote that a general, Xiang Yu, plundered the complex during the period of instability following the death of Qin Shi Huangdi. Xiang Yu set off a fire that burned down the wooden structure that housed the warriors. The army prevailed, although their weapons were stolen and they lost their original colour.
The Spirit of the Warrior reminded me of Sun Tzu’s, The Art of War. Written around the sixth century BC, The Art of War is one of the oldest books about war and military strategy. Many believe it to be the best ever written.
“Skilful military leaders conquer the enemy without fighting battles, capture cities without attacking them and overcome states without protracted warfare.”
Sun Tzu, The Art of War, 61, 33
Map Position: # 20 – Oakridge
The Spirit of the Warrior
Artists: Hilda Ho