Before I Die by Candy Chang

Posted by Fabio 29 April 2011

Candy Chang (installation artist, designer, and urban planner) turned the side of an abandoned house in her neighborhood into a giant chalkboard to invite people to remember and share what is important to them in public space. Before I Die transforms neglected spaces into constructive ones where we can learn the hopes and aspirations of the people around us.

Candy Chang
Once the wall is filled, we wash the board with water and start with a clean slate again. We are documenting all responses and some will be included in a book. The response to this project has been incredible – thank you! I have received many requests from people who’d like to install it in their city. I would love to spread the love, and we are currently working on providing a large one-column stencil that will make it much easier to reproduce. We are also interested in visiting your city to install it together and learn more about the stories behind your buildings. If you’d like to spread the love to your city or if you have support suggestions or beyond, let us know!