An historic structure in China is being moved 90m to allow development. Kelly Grovier asks whether we can ever truly preserve the past.

The building that went for a walk

Kelly Grovier,

Can you ever really box up the past and take it with you? Sure, you can pack into a suitcase your childhood teddy bear or the photos of you and your friends on your 16th birthday. But what about the past itself: the time elapsed and the spaces in which you grew and slept and dreamed?

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