Gallery: ‘Before I Die’ Art Project Transforms Abandoned Building Into ...

The wall of an abandoned building in Candy’s neighbourhood was painted with chalkboard paint and stencilled with a grid, each line beginning “Before I die I want to _______” leaving a space to be filled in by passers-by in chalk.

Artist Candy Chang’s spirited “Before I Die” installation transforms the negative connotations attached to abandoned spaces by renewed a disused building in New Orleans to create an interactive public art piece. The project invites people to form a collective memory of their aspirations and hopes by writing them on the wall for all to see. The site becomes a space for the community to share their dreams with each other, adapting the site for a constructive purpose.

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