Wednesday, October 12, 2011

before i die...

Have you heard of this project? It's called "Before I Die" and it was created by artist Candy Chang. The first installation was in New Orleans earlier this year. Basically, it's a giant chalkboard where people can write their hopes and dreams for the world to see. One of the goals of the artist was to transform a neglected space into a constructive one. This wall in Brooklyn, NY surrounds a construction site on the Fulton Mall.



There are little baskets attached to the wall with colored chalk in them so any passerby can take a minute to add a note about what's important to them in this world...


Or, they can just walk on by, keeping their thoughts to themselves...


There is so much written on these walls that you can barely decipher some of it. There are many funny and outrageous things on the wall, and also some words and phrases that are heartbreaking and sad.





I didn't write anything of my own, but here are some of the ones I read on the wall.

Before I die I want to...
  • See my brother make something of his life
  • Become immortal
  • See my kids
  • Meet Derek Jeter
  • Be President
  • Find a cure for HIV
  • Make peace with myself
  • Love with everything I have
  • Write a novel
  • Be happy
  • Dance!
It's an interesting thing to think about isn't it? How would you complete this sentence? On a related theme, I'm over at Mortal Muses today blogging about how life can move so fast sometimes it becomes a blur. Stop by if you have a chance!

Sharing at The Creative Exchange today.

26 comments:

maureen said...

What a cool project. I'd have to think a bit on what I would add to it.
miss you
xo Mo

Leanne said...

This is a cool idea- such an array of comments, I think the ones that stood out to you were very interesting; I think love (and live) with everything I have is a good one!

Anna said...

Sounds like it would be both moving and entertaining to read the wall entries! Love your first image!

olivia said...

cool project.. I'd have to think about what I write..

Bonnie said...

So creative and inspiring! Thank you for sharing this.

Before I die, I want to LIVE and LOVE without reservation.

kristen said...

candy chang is my street artist hero. her blog is SO cool and her art inspires me in a way that i haven't been inspired in such a long time. i want to make things that have impact too!

thank you for sharing her work with us here.

Talibah said...

Thanks for sharing this positive installation with me, it is very cool!

Kimberly June said...

What a beautiful project~ Thank you for sharing it!

LB said...

I am IN love with this idea. Thank you so much for sharing it with us. I might need to make a trip up to Brooklyn sometime soon. Beautiful post!

Krystal said...

I do love that! I think I even posted about it once!

esra said...

Such a cool and wonderful project! So inspiring. Thanks for sharing. Great photos...

MJ said...

Great post, wonderful project, and now I am left thinking on how we can make it come to life here in my home. We have a chalkboard wall, and maybe the kids and I now have a project to work on. Thanks for the inspiration!!

Jamie said...

What an incredible project - every city needs a wall like this.

gina said...

People need to have outlets to express themselves -- so great that someone thought of creating this kind of wall! Before I die I want to know that I had made a difference. Thanks for letting me add my bit.

lisa said...

This is both wonderful and sad at the very same time. I would love to be able to see this, and how lucky you were to be able to photograph it. Thank you so much for sharing this at The Creative Exchange. It is truly so perfect for it.

justine said...

great project and good list you have too!

Clare B said...

you took some great pictures of this exhibition and the people interacting with it. There's always more time for dancing in life, isnt' there?

Oliag said...

NYC is the best!

I loved the "find the right man":)

Pat said...

What a wonderful project that allows people to express themselves!

Anika said...

LOVE this post! What a great art project...I could have stood and taken photos for hours. I love seeing yours instead :) Great shots!

Anita @ GoingALittleCoastal said...

What an interesting project. I would have loved to have seen it. Thanks for sharing it here. The "make peace with myself" is really touching!

Emily said...

That's a really great project! Thanks for sharing it!

missing moments said...

A great project and use space! Thanks for making me aware of it.

Cheryl said...

I saw this installation shortly after going up. Your photo shows the passage of time. I'm smiling.

Veronica said...

have visited this webpage before, it really made me think about things!

Charisma Moran said...

This is awesome! I have to visit this when I go to NYC next month!