Before I Die . . .

Public installation artist and urban planner Candy Chang converted a wall of an abandoned home in her New Orleans neighborhood into something inspiring. With chalkboard paint, stencils and some chalk, residents can now write their dreams on this wall. “It’s about turning a neglected space into a constructive one where we can learn the hopes and aspirations of the people around us.”  I would write: Before I die I want to…be a grandmother for a very long time! What would you write?

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  1. ib wrote:

    So lovely and inspiring!

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  2. Jess wrote:

    reall cool! BEFORE I DAY…i want to live in a house on the beach with a nice porch and a rocking chair.

    http://www.LIVINGandFASHION.blospot.com

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  3. Jessie wrote:

    never been to new orleans but i would love to go! heard its incredible. thanks for the photos.

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  4. travel around the world …
    great idea!

    xoxo
    http://www.fashionagony.blogspot.com/

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    • erica wrote:

      Before I die…I’d want to travel the world too!

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  5. MHAV wrote:

    It’s such a simple, yet wonderfully smart and inspiring idea, it really restores your faith in the little things. I wish I could see things like these more often.

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  6. VERY COOL!

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  7. Julian wrote:

    Aww, that’s such a great idea.

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  8. I’d love to see more of these! Quite insiring. I guess I’d love to own a beach house before I die…

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  9. luciana* wrote:

    … i want to live.

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  10. bella wrote:

    LOVE

    What a great way to bring a community together too. I love it.

    Before I die…….I want to see my children get married.

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  11. Elizabeth wrote:

    I live in New Orleans and never heard/saw this! This is in a neighborhood past the French Quarter. So when I go there next time, I will definitely have to stop by. This makes me think of the broken window theory about how if one window in a neighborhood is broken, then others will break as well, but this art reverses that. It so great to have such an inspirational piece of work in this city. I hope the artist puts more around the area, especially in poor neighborhoods.

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  12. Lindsey wrote:

    inspiring

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  13. Emy Koster wrote:

    Amazing! Such a great idea, seriously you guys you keep finding amazing things, thank you!!!
    xx
    Emy

    http://sweetpromises.tumblr.com/

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  14. What a beautiful and inspirational way to connect with those around you. We love your blog! Not only for the great fashion but the art and photography as well. Thanks so much@
    bookofpolish.blogspot.com

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  15. Sarah wrote:

    so cool. great post. xoxo

    http://www.luckylucychance.blogspot.com

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  16. tenthings. wrote:

    Very, very cool! Thanks for sharing!

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  17. That is truly amazing!!!!

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  18. I’ve never been to New Orleans, but have heard it all. It’s great you shared this with everyone. Thank you.

    xoxo,
    melrod

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  19. Wow this is such a beautiful/ wonderful idea. The viewer is what makes this a work of art, I love it.

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  20. Sarah J wrote:

    THIS IS THE NICEST INSTALLMENT EVER! love love love it!

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  21. Madison wrote:

    I love this. So cool.

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  22. amy wrote:

    This is really cool. I live in New Orleans too and haven’t heard about this. I will venture on over to it!

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  23. Johanna wrote:

    Lovely! I would write “find love”. Or “go on a roadtrip without a plan or a goal”.

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  24. Crystal wrote:

    i LOVE this. i love art that makes you think and feel, and remind you that you are alive!

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  25. What a great idea… very inspiring.

    Loving the blog by the way *

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  26. Reena wrote:

    I want to surf.

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  27. We featured this “Before I Die” art installation on our site recently. http://www.GirlsOnTheStyle.com And we love your blog!

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