5 Minutes of Fame as a Terra Cotta Warrior

Put this in the News of the Weird category. German art students in Xi’an do the darndest things.

A German art student briefly took up a place among China’s famed Terracotta Warriors over the weekend — only to be discovered, disrobed and sent home.

Pablo Wendel snuck into a pit housing around 2,000 ancient lifesize pottery warriors and horses on Saturday afternoon, donned the military costume he had made himself, and took up a position on a small pedestal he had brought along.

He stood there, motionless and unblinking, for a couple of minutes until police found him, the Xinhua news agency said. The 26-year-old had his costume confiscated and was sent from Xian, the World Heritage site where the warriors are located, back to the eastern city of Hangzhou, where he studies performance art.

What would the first emperor say?

The Discussion: 8 Comments

Either this guy has some major nuts, or he is one.

He’s definitely lucky that the police has a sense of humor about the situation.

September 18, 2006 @ 8:33 am | Comment

Beijing performance artists would approve. They do some pretty wacky stuff too.

September 18, 2006 @ 9:57 am | Comment

Perhaps he wished to be one of the controversial “Caucasian” Chinese mummies come to life?

See http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/chinamum/
for the reference.

September 18, 2006 @ 10:20 am | Comment

Qin Shihuangdi would not say anything. He would just have him killed…

September 18, 2006 @ 5:41 pm | Comment

What would the first emperor say?

“Bury him alive and exterminate his clan.”

September 18, 2006 @ 11:21 pm | Comment


Best giggle tonight, you guys.

September 18, 2006 @ 11:28 pm | Comment

Certainly wouldn’t bury him alive, probably demand him to extend the Great Wall against America’s west coast.

September 19, 2006 @ 11:57 am | Comment

gotta love this guy !


September 19, 2006 @ 6:29 pm | Comment

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