Uncrating the Terracotta Warriors


Uncrating the Terracotta Warriors


  • 2010 - now
  • workers uncrate horse terracotta

In the summer of 2010, I spent a summer in the communications department as an intern. It was a very interesting time to be at the ROM, as the last-minute preparations were in full-swing for the Terracotta Warriors exhibition. Of course, much of Toronto was starting to enter a sort of lockdown, because of a major international event being held in the city.

Before the exhibition officially opened, I was part of a media event to open the first crate containing one of the Terracotta Warriors. It was thrilling to be in the space, with preparations going on all around, as the warrior was revealed for the first time. I vividly remember there being an awed silence as the crate swung open and the Warrior was in plain sight, wrapped tightly for protection but looking amazing nonetheless.