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Before I Die is merely one of the most creative community projects ever.”

“Through a series of large-scale projects that combine installation art with social activism, Chang has encouraged people to engage with public spaces to let their voices be heard.”

“They’re the stuff of everyday life from people of all walks of life… Young or old, rich or poor, the Before I Die wall does make you think as you walk by.”

“Death can inspire life. Especially in New Orleans, on the corner of Marigny and Burgundy, where the Before I Die project has used the specter of urban decay and death to create art and inspire. Using a boarded up house as a canvas, artist Candy Chang transformed a haunting reminder of blight and divestment into a powerful affirmation of human life and imagination.”

What is it?

Before I Die is an interactive public art project that invites people to share their personal aspirations in public space. The original wall was created by artist Candy Chang in February 2011 on an abandoned house in her neighborhood in New Orleans. Read more here. Since then, over 525 Before I Die walls have been created in 70 countries and over 30 languages by passionate people around the world.

Before I Die walls have been made in 70 countries:
Argentina
Armenia
Australia
Austria
Belgium
Bonaire
Brazil
Bulgaria
Canada
Chile
China
Colombia
Costa Rica
Cuba
Curaçao
Czech Republic
Denmark
Dominican Republic
Ecuador
Estonia
France
Georgia
Germany
Guatemala
Haiti
Hungary
India
Iran
Iraq
Ireland
Israel
Italy
Jamaica
Japan
Kazakhstan
Kenya
Kosovo
Kuwait
Kyrgyzstan
Lebanon
Lithuania
Macedonia
Malaysia
Mexico
Netherlands
New Zealand
Norway
Panama
Paraguay
Peru
Philippines
Poland
Portugal
Romania
Russia
Saudi Arabia
Scotland
Singapore
Slovakia
South Africa
South Korea
Spain
Sweden
Switzerland
Taiwan
Thailand
Ukraine
United Kingdom
United Arab Emirates
United States

Before I Die walls have been stenciled in 34 languages:
Afrikaans
Arabic
Armenian
Basque
Bulgarian
Chinese
Czech
Danish
Dutch
English
Estonian
Filipino
Farsi
French
Georgian
German
Guaraní
Haitian Kreyol
Hebrew
Hungarian
Italian
Japanese
Kazakh
Korean
Macedonian
Papiamentu
Polish
Portuguese
Russian
Spanish
Ukrainian
Welsh
Zulu

Copyright © 2011 TERMS OF USE: Selected high-resolution photographs and portions of the written material included here may be included in articles for promotion of the project. Photographs cannot be sold or used for profit.

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