Thursday, March 31, 2011

Before I Candy Chang

It took Candy Chang one month and seven hours of intense stenciling on this wall for this Before I Die project (with a lot of support from old and new friends). She turned the side of an abandoned house in her neighborhood into a giant chalkboard where residents can write on the wall and remember what is important to them. Before I Die transforms neglected spaces into constructive ones where we can learn the hopes and aspirations of the people around the neighborhood.

Once the wall is filled they wash the board with water and start with a clean slate again. All the responses are being documented and will be included in a book. She says, "I have received many requests from people who’d like to install it in their city, so we’re looking into ways to manufacture an affordable stencil (I made this one by hand. It is a lot of cutting)". We’re also interested in visiting your city and figuring out ways to install it together.

visit her website here to lean more... or if you are in New Orleans, stop by the corner of Marigny and Burgundy (900 Marigny Street) to add your thoughts to the wall.

all pictures from Candy Chang's website

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