Archive for April, 2011
Tags: Before I Die Wall, Candy Chang
A better title is the “before I die wall” but I was a little concerned no one would read it. And if I did, and you didn’t, then we would have all missed the remarkable, inspiring, provocative and powerful work of Candy Chang in New Orleans.
Candy, a New Orleans-based installation artist, turned the walls of an abandoned house in her neighborhood into a giant chalkboard, stenciled with the words “before I die” and invited everyone to write their wishes and dreams in the space. And they did. Over and over again.
It was filled in a day.
And when it was washed, it was filled again the next day.
The house has been sold, and the wall was scheduled to come down a few days ago. I know New Orleans is a special place, with an amazing soul and spirit. But I can’t help but think about other communities and neighborhoods, and what would happen if we trusted ourselves, and each other, with an inspired idea and the tools for art.
Before I die, I would like to conjur up a brilliant, joyful, empowering idea, and have the courage to make it happen. And I just might.
Thanks to Lisa of Peripheral Perceptions for the find.