Glenwood receives present for 125th anniversary |

Glenwood receives present for 125th anniversary

John Gardner
Glenwood Springs correspondent
Aspen, CO Colorado
Kelley Cox/Post IndependentThis replica terra cotta soldier was presented to the city of Glenwood Springs in recognition of its 125th anniversary and is on display at City Hall.

GLENWOOD SPRINGS – The city of Glenwood Springs recently received its first 125th anniversary present.

A replica of a life-sized terra cotta warrior statue was presented to the city by Citslinc International, in honor of the city’s 125th anniversary this year, according to Glenwood Springs Chamber Resort Association President and CEO Marianne Virgili.

Citslinc is a tour operator that organizes group tours to China. Citslinc has reportedly taken 20,000 chamber members from cities around the U.S. on trips to China since 1995.

Terra cotta is a clay-based, unglazed ceramic known for its strength and durability.

The warrior statues’ history dates back to 210 B.C., when Qin Shi Huagn, China’s first emperor, ordered the construction of 8,000 life-sized terra cotta warriors, 130 chariots, 520 chariot horses and 150 cavalry horses, to surround his tomb. Reports say that Qin Shi Huagn ordered this massive army of statues in search of immortality.

The army of statues was discovered in 1974, in the eastern part of the Xian, Shaanxi Province, by a Chinese farmer digging a well.

The statue actually arrived at the chamber last summer, Virgili said, before the chamber took the China trip in late October.

Virgili said that she contacted other chambers who had received this type of statue and was told that they would need a place to display it indoors.

“Terra cotta would not survive the outside elements,” Virgili said.

Virgili contacted Glenwood Center for the Arts Executive Director Gayle Mortell, who arranged for the statue to be set in City Hall, out of the elements.

“It’s looks really great down there,” Virgili said.

The statue was set in Glenwood City Hall on Tuesday, Jan. 19, according to City Manager Jeff Hecksel.

A chamber delegation in February will present to the city a plaque commemorating the city’s 125th anniversary, Virgili said.

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