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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.”
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 500 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:
United Arab Emirates
Before I Die walls have been stenciled in 32 languages: