I’ve been thinking about out Cindy Chang’s Before I Die public installation in New Orleans since I saw it, (online, silly. I’m still sitting in front of my computer screen, just like you). Check it out here. Chang is the co-founder Civic Center, an urban design studio where she “combines architecture, graphic design, and urban planning to make thoughtful public spaces and communication tools for everyday issues of city life. She’s passionate about redefining the ways we use public space to share information important to our neighborhoods and to our individual well-being” (quote taken from online bio here).
Though I love some of the high falootin’ stuff in museums and galleries (some of it makes me absolutely swoon, really), this kind of work also gets me pretty excited. Accessible? Check. Participatory? Check, again. The opportunity to actually learn something about the people around us? Well now she really has me.
How much do we really know about the people we see everyday? Imagine if we knew something about the hopes they hold for their lives. Would kind of change everything, don’t you think?
Some pictures (also lifted from here):
Thanks to Drew for sending my way.