Candy Chang: Before I Die

Candy Chang’s work is so incredibly inspiring. Through interactive public art installations, she attempts to make cities more comfortable for people, improve neighborhoods and the well-being of individuals. This particular piece, Before I Die, Candy turned the side of an abandoned house into giant chalkboard that invited passersby to publicly declare what’s important to them. As you can see below, it was very well received, and the impact didn’t end there. A kit including a stencil and how-to guide is in the works, so that you can replicate this project in your own community, and a site has been developed where you can submit your own dreams and buy limited edition paintings that support the project.

Be sure to have a look around her portfolio, there are so many great ideas to be explored.


  1. kristy says:

    This is going to be recreated in our town, Portsmouth, NH. I can't wait, such an incredible and thoughtful concept.
  2. Nikolumpa says:

    I published a Spanish version of this article in my blog, if you do not mind :) Link:
  3. Evernotes Every Friday « Creating For Our Creator says:

    [...] There’s many ways to support this installation or make one in your own neighborhood. Plus, I love that one of the first wishes was to go to Israel, because that would definitely be on my list as well! Found via designworklife. [...]
  4. lazy sunday links 11/9 « Urban Diaries says:

    [...] Candy Chang: Before I Die [...]
  5. design work life » Monday Quick Links says:

    [...] you liked last week’s post about Candy Chang’s Before I Die, you may want to pick up your own lim­ited edi­tion paint­ing to sup­port the [...]
  6. Victorio says:

    This is a very creative and inspiring piece of public art. Thanks for sharing!
  7. | banANNEabread says:

    […] Before I Die – An interactive public installation by Candy Chang. An abandoned building turned into a chalk board inviting public to come and add what is important to them. Very cool idea! {Design Work Life} […]
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