For those who have more time on this Earth the folks departing tomorrow, now there's a way to make all final wishes known to the masses. Installation artist Candy Chang has turned an abandoned building into a massive, public bucket list in a project entitled Before I Die. "[It] transforms neglected spaces into constructive ones where we can learn the hopes and aspirations of the people around us," Chang writes in her statement. "It’s about improving both our physical spaces and our individual well-being." How'd she do it? Primer, chalkboard paint, stencils, spray paint, and, of course, chalk, not to mention express permission from the property owner, neighbors, the Historic District Landmarks Commission, the Arts Council, and the City Planning Commission. Before I Die "opened" in February and the list was filled in a day, but Chang recorded all the scrawls, washed the facade clean, and opened it up again. She's turning some responses into a book; they've included things like "see my daughter graduate," "sing for millions," "own a monkey," and "make love to Bill Gates."
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· Before I Die [Candy Chung]