Before I Die is the amazing brainchild of New Orleans artist Candy Chang. She is using blackboards that line the outside of an abandoned home in New Orleans to encourage people to think about their hopes and dreams. It is a symbol of rebirth and a testament to New Orlean's resilience and creativity.
In Chang's words...
"With support from old and new friends, I turned the side of an abandoned house in my neighborhood into a giant chalkboard to invite my neighbors to share what is important to them. Before I Die transforms neglected spaces into constructive ones where we can learn the hopes and aspirations of the people around us. This process (including obtaining official approval from many entities) has been a great lesson--more on that later. If you're in New Orleans, stop by the corner of Marigny and Burgundy (900 Marigny Street) to add your thoughts to the wall and discover what matters most to your neighbors. I believe the design of our public spaces can better reflect what's important to us as residents and as human beings. The responses and stories from passersby while we were installing it have already hit me hard in the heart."
The project has had such a positive response that Chang decided to continue the project online where you can add your dreams. Here are a few that have just been added....
Before I die I want to let people realize the value of equality.
Before I die I want to find true happiness. And channel that to the world..
Before I die I want to Save someone I love's live or die trying.
Before I die I want to feel accomplished.
Before I die I want to have a world tour with my parents.
-- DEWI MARISA
Before I die I want to forgive.
Before I die I want to finally live on my own..
Before I die I want to be a great mother.
Before I die I want to see and eat everything in the world!.
Before I die I want to truly be happy..
You can read more about it on her website HERE. What an inspirational project. I can't wait to visit the site on my next trip to New Orleans.