Before I Die

Author(s): Candy Chang


When artist Candy Chang painted the side of an abandoned building with chalkboard paint and the wrote the words, "Before I die, I want to -," she never expected it to become a worldwide phenomenon. Within a day of the wall's completion, however, it was covered in colourful chalk dreams as people stopped and reflected on their lives. Since then, more than two hundred walls have been created by people all over the world. This inspiring book is a celebration of these walls. Filled with our hopes, fears, humour, and heartbreak, it's a reminder of our shared connections and a chance to contemplate life's most important question.

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Praise for Candy Chang's "Before I Die" project: "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

Candy Chang is an artist who believes in the power of our public spaces to help us make sense of our communities and ourselves. She's a TED Fellow, a Tulane Urban Innovation Fellow, and a World Economic Forum Young Global Leader. She lives in New Orleans.

General Fields

  • : 9781250020840
  • : Griffin Publishing
  • : Saint Martin's Griffin,U.S.
  • : 1.007
  • : September 2013
  • : April 2014
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Candy Chang
  • : Hardback
  • : 1
  • : 304
  • : Colour