Candy Chang - Before I Die (2011-ongoing)
It’s easy to get caught up in the day-to-day and forget what really matters to you. After Artist Candy Chang lost someone she loved very much, she thought about death a lot. The project is helped clarify her life, the people she wants to be with, and the things she wants to do, but she struggled to maintain perspective. She wondered if other people felt the same way. So with help from old and new friends, she painted the side of an abandoned house in her neighborhood in New Orleans with chalkboard paint and stenciled it with a grid of the sentence “Before I die I want to _______.” Anyone walking by could pick up a piece of chalk, reflect on their lives, and share their personal aspirations in public space.
This participatory public art project is expanding to countries around the world, including Kazakhstan, Mexico, Italy, Australia, Portugal, Argentina, and beyond! Visit the project website beforeidie.cc for more info and watch artist’s TED talk about the project. Follow the Before I Die project on Twitter and Facebook.