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Before I Die is a global art project that invites people to reflect on their lives and share their personal aspirations in public space. This project was started by Candy Chang on an abandoned house in New Orleans after she lost someone she loved. Learn more here. It’s easy to get caught up in the day-to-day and for­get what re­ally mat­ters to you. After I lost some­one I loved very much, I thought about death a lot. This helped clar­ify my life, the peo­ple I want to be with, and the things I want to do, but I strug­gled to main­tain per­spec­tive. I won­dered if other peo­ple felt the same way. So with help from old and new friends, I painted the side of an aban­doned house in my neigh­bor­hood in New Or­leans with chalk­board paint and sten­ciled it with a grid of the sen­tence “Be­fore I die I want to _______.” Any­one walk­ing by could pick up a piece of chalk, re­flect on their lives, and share their per­sonal as­pi­ra­tions in pub­lic space. read more

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