Before I die

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):


Taking an abandoned house in her New Orleans neighborhood and putting it to constructive, creative use

What would you write?

Art created from a neglected site, paint, stencils, chalk. I like it. I like it a lot.

Thanks to Drew for sending my way.

2 thoughts on “Before I die

  1. It is crazy how things have this way of weaving through your life and then all the way around you….I just saw this online somewhere, can’t remember and LOVE.

    It reminds me of James drawing on the side of our house with chalk a couple of days ago.

  2. I saw the Before I die art installation in Brooklyn and as you have expressed it was so expressive. For me it demonstrated how much more alike we are than we are different. People refuse to concede to that idea but the same themes reverberated over and over again on the placards – find love, see my children grow, travel, etc… I have pieced together a You Tube presentation titled “Colorful Commentaries.” I will be posting it soon. Please share it with people you know. Thanks.

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