Terracotta Warriors: The Grand Banquet & Auction

The Grand Banquet & Auction


The Grand Banquet and Auction was held on the evening of September 27, 2012.  It was a remarkable success.

That morning I came to see my Terracotta Warriors together for the first and last time before they were taken to new homes.  The hall was quiet, even serene in anticipation of the evening’s celebration.  It was a perfect time to reconnect with my Warriors, for that is how I will always remember them.  More importantly, they were the Warriors for children with disabilities.

The media release given by BC Lions Society for Children with Disabilities demonstrates how a community can rally behind a worthy endeavour.  The Terracotta Warriors raised $170,000 for Easter Seals British Columbia. My thirty-four Terracotta Warriors, all which had been on public display since April 2012, were the stars of the evening.

As I said good-bye to my Warriors, I recalled the words of Lao Tzu

“We join spokes together in a wheel,
but it is the center hole
that makes the wagon move.

We shape clay into a pot,
but it is the emptiness inside
that holds whatever we want.

We hammer wood for a house,
but it is the inner space
that makes it livable.

We work with being,
but non-being is what we use.”
― Lao Tzu

Terracotta Warriors: The Warrior of Love

This post was to have been the concluding Terracotta Warriors Post.  Having chased my Terracotta Warriors for over a five month period, I never expected that there would be a surprise waiting for me when I slipped into the Continental Seafood Restaurant that September morning, when preparations for the banquet were well underway.  They were all there – my Terracotta Warriors.  I confess, by this time I had become rather proprietary and considered that they were mine.  I remembered how I had walked all over Vancouver to track them down.  And then I saw him – for the first time.

The Warrior of Love did not make it on the Terracotta Warrior Map. He was beautiful.  Artist Joe Mandur, Jr. said, “I wanted to show the human side of the Warriors and the men that wore the armour and went to battle prepared to sacrifice their lives for the Emperor.   Their lives were full of violence and aggression but also these Warriors had families and loved one.  This Warrior is both a protector of the Empire as well as a protector of family.”

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The Warrior of Love

Artist: Joe Mandur, Jr.

The Terracotta Warriors Gallery is open for viewing.