An Interesting and Interactive Installation that Evokes Memories of the Baocheng Gate As its official Chinese name ldquo;Baocheng Gate rdquo; suggests the supposedly wealth-attracting West Gate (a.k.a. ldquo;Ximen rdquo;) was a two-tier pagoda with up-tilted eaves. It was also the only one of Taipei rsquo;s five century-old citadel gateways that was demolished over time in the early Japanese colonial period to be precise. In an effort to reproduce the memories of the Baocheng Gate and mark the 130th Anniversary of Taipei City Walls an installation project entitled ldquo;Impression of Ximen rdquo; was erected behind MRT Ximen Station (Exit 4) this year. By geometrically deconstructing and then reconstructing Baocheng Gate the designer of ldquo;Impression of Ximen rdquo; combined multiple frameworks and materials of varying heights and colors to provide a fresh insight into this historically glamorous neighborhood and eventually bridge the gap between old and new. This gateway-themed visually intriguing project impresses people walking through or past it not only with a unique 360-degree interplay of light and shadow but also with fun-filled interactions achieved through an ldquo;out-of-the-box rdquo; design concept that makes art a part of everyday life. Besides the historic gateway-inspired terra cotta and gray color combination ldquo;Impression of Ximen rdquo; features kiln-fired granite pavement that echoes the masonry wall rsquo;s grain pattern an acrylic-encased lighting solution that lends a soft luster to the nightscape and a shaded seating area for pedestrians. A vision of light right across from Exit 6 of the ever-crowded MRT Ximen Station this see-through structure engages passersby in a dialogue that would hopefully bring prosperity to Ximending and Taipei rsquo;s west end alike.