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Before I Die

Candy Chang


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After losing someone she loved, artist Candy Chang painted the side of an abandoned house in her New Orleans neighborhood with chalkboard paint and stenciled the sentence, "Before I die I want to _____." Within a day of the wall's completion, it was covered in colorful chalk dreams as neighbors stopped and reflected on their lives. Since then, more than four hundred Before I Die walls have been created by people all over the world. This beautiful hardcover book is an inspiring celebration of these walls and the stories behind them. Filled with hope, fear, humor, and heartbreak, Before I Die presents an intimate portrait of the dreams within our communities and a chance to ponder life's ultimate question.

Praise For Before I Die

“Through a series of large-scale projects that combine installation art with social activism, Chang has encouraged people to engage with public spaces to let their voices be heard.” —O, The Oprah Magazine

“They're the stuff of everyday life from people of all walks of life . . .Young or old, rich or poor, the [Before I Die] wall does make you think as you walk by.” —NBC's Rock Center with Brian Williams

Before I Die is merely one of the most creative community projects ever.” —The Atlantic

“A hope-filled treatise on finding joy in the everyday and illustrating the importace of living life to its fullest...A powerful reminder that life is for the living, and it's never too late, or too early, to join the party.” —Publishers Weekly

St. Martin's Griffin, 9781250020840, 304pp.

Publication Date: November 5, 2013

About the Author

CANDY CHANG is an artist, designer, and urban planner who likes to make cities more comfortable for people. She's a TED Fellow, Urban Innovation Fellow, and co-founder of Civic Center and Neighborland. She created Before I Die, her first book with St. Martin's Press, as an interactive public art project dedicated to promoting community.