Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Before I die I want to______. The story behind the wall.


Can art save a city? Yes it can!!!

Talk about putting your bucket list out in the open. I recently stumbled across a very unique story about an interactive art project that transforms abandoned houses  into a giant chalkboard. Residents are allowed to stop and write down their hopes and dreams and what's important them for everyone to see. 



The blackboard, known as the “Before I Die” wall was originally created by Candy Chang, an artist, designer, and urban planner who likes to make cities more comfortable for people. She's a TED Fellow, Urban Innovation Fellow, and co-founder of Civic Center and Neighborland. 


By combining street art with urban planning and social activism, she has opened up civic engagement in public space and provided people with easy and innovative ways to have a voice. 


"It’s also about turning a neglected space into a constructive one where we can learn the hopes and aspirations of the people around us". 

 BEFORE I DIE, NEW ORLEANS, FIRST STENCIL. PHOTO BY KRISTINA KASSEM.

The "Before I Die" project has received multiple accolades from several blogs, magazines, and news outlets. 




Unfortunately, the house on which the “Before I Die” installation was mounted was recently sold, so the living art project is looking for a new home. Chang wants to find another location in her native New Orleans, but has been amazed that so many people across the country have requested it in their cities too.








If you are interested in starting this project in your community feel free to download the free template here or you can order the full kit. 



This project got me thinking. What would you I like to do before you die? What about you? What do you want to do before you die? Share your thoughts on the comments section. 

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