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‘Before I Die’ Art Project Transforms Abandoned Building Into Hopeful Bucket List
Posted By Helen Morgan On June 2, 2011 @ 5:49 pm In Art,Design,News,Social Design,social responsibility | No Comments
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.
The wall of the building, situated in Candy’s neighbourhood, was painted with chalkboard paint and stencilled with a grid. Each line begins “Before I die I want to _______” and leaves a space to be filled in by passers-by in chalk. The art project has become a hit in the local community, where it keeps a public record of residents’ expectations and goals.
The installation  became a reality in February 2011, and following an overwhelming positive response the project is currently expanding to other cities. A public artist and urban planner, as well as the co-founder of the Civic Center  – a civic design studio in New Orleans – Chang works with others to make thoughtful public spaces  and useful tools to help people navigate and shape their cities.
Images courtesy of Civic Center
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 Image: http://inhabitat.com/before-i-die-art-project-transforms-abandoned-building-into-hopeful-bucket-list/candy-chang-before-i-die-7/
 renewed a disused building: http://inhabitat.com/winning-design-re-purposes-old-school-into-an-inspiring-urban-food-center/
 Image: http://inhabitat.com/before-i-die-art-project-transforms-abandoned-building-into-hopeful-bucket-list/candy-chang-before-i-die-8/
 installation: http://inhabitat.com/inhabitando-artists-give-new-life-to-abandoned-home-with-glowing-installation/
 Civic Center: http://civiccenter.cc/
 thoughtful public spaces: http://inhabitat.com/corby-cube-creates-a-beautiful-glass-pavilion-for-public-gathering/
 + Before I Die by Candy Chang: http://candychang.com/before-i-die-in-nola/
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