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There is nothing fancy or grandiose about this memorial. It's just a collection of various white painted chairs, 185 to be exact. But it's what it represents which remains with you long after you've left. Each chair represents a life lost during the earthquake. Whether it be a child's bassinet, a rocking chair, office chair or lounge chair. You could easily picture someone sitting in each of them. We read the literature which was in the shelter next to the chairs. Describing how it was done and by whom. The poem moved me to tears-it said it all. There is no admission as the memorial is in the open. But there is a donation box for it's upkeep. It's well worth a visit. Take some tissues just in case.
Date of experience: March 2020
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