Before I die is a participatory public art project that invites people to reflect on life and share their personal aspirations in public.
After losing someone she loved, artist Candy Chang channelled her grief and depression into this project on an abandoned house in her New Orleans neighbourhood to restore perspective and find consolation with her neighbours. She covered the crumbling house with chalkboard paint and stencilled it with the prompt, “Before I die I want to _____.”
The wall quickly filled up with responses, from the poetic to the profound: Before I die I want to… see my daughter graduate, abandon all insecurities, get my wife back, eat all the candy and sushi in the world, be a Youtube sensation, straddle the International Date Line, tell my mother I love her, be completely myself.
The wall gained global attention and thanks to passionate people around the world, over 2,000 Before I Die walls in over 35 languages have now been created in over 70 countries. Revealing the community’s longings, anxieties, joys, and struggles, the project explores how public space can cultivate self-examination and empathy among neighbours.
You can find a ‘Before I die’ walls at Noosa Junction – Arcadia Lane and at the Cooroy RSL, Maple Street at Cooroy. We invite you to participate and inspire others around you.
For more information on Before I die walls:
If you or someone you know is grieving and requires support, contact the various National 24/7 crisis services below.
- Lifeline: 13 11 14
- MensLine Australia: 1300 78 99 78
- beyondblue: 1300 22 46 36
- Kids Helpline: 1800 55 1800