The Joukowsky Institute’s Building Big! class observed the Year of China by recreating a fraction of the sprawling mausoleum of the First Emperor of China. Life-size prints of the terracotta warriors made by Building Big! students were erected on the Brown University Main Green and markers placed around campus to give a sense of the scope and dimensions of the sumptuous tomb. In addition to celebrating the diverse history and archaeology of China, this project intended to inspire the Providence community to envision one of the world’s largest and most fascinating funerary structures.
The tomb of the First Emperor is gaurded by thousands of terracotta warriors mass produced in pieces using molds. The warriors were then tweaked by hand and painted, giving them individual qualities. We created our own mass production techniques, making stencils for each body part and spray painting them.
Postcards and Graphics for the Installation