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German Warrior in Xi’an

We’re all familiar with the game ‘musical statues’ but a German art student decided to take the children’s party favourite to a whole new level. Pablo Wendel pulled off an elaborate piece of performance art in the city of Xi’an, where he posed as a Terracotta Warrior. According to the Shanghai Daily, Wendel had brought full warrior garb with him and while visiting the 2,200 year-old statues, jumped into the pit and pretended to be one of the lifesize soldiers made for Emperor Qin Shi Huang’s mausoleum. Security guards were quickly on the scene trying to ferret out the intruder. But it wasn’t easy. “I got to the area where he was supposed to be, looked around and didn’t see him – he looked too much like a Terracotta Warrior,” one amazed guard told the newspaper. Wendel was not arrested but was subjected to “serious criticism” for his antics and had his costume confiscated.


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