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Remembering the Harbin Gate

Love letters to a removed landmark

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Since the Harbin Gate was removed from Chinatown to make way for LRT construction, locals have left love letters where it once stood.

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Artists and Chinatown residents used calligraphy and crochet to create the community art project. The laminated, brightly-coloured cards are tied to the fencing around the construction site. They feature messages remembering the landmark and sharing hopes for the icon's eventual reappearance.

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There is no set location for the gate's new home. The gate was gift from Harbin - Edmonton's sister city in China.

Currently, the structure is dismantled and stored at a city service yard in Cromdale.

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