cities | December 03, 2013

What We Wish For: Candy Chang's Before I Die Project Featured on CNN

Candy Chang's Before I Die installations—chalkboard walls where members of the community can share their thoughts, hopes, and dreams—are “one of the most creative community projects ever” (The Atlantic). To celebrate the recent release of the Before I Die book, CNN asked Chang to talk about the most common themes expressed on the wall. In the article, she defines the four most popular categories: well-being ("find serenity," Vicenza, Italy); love ("find and kiss her one last time," Chicago); travel ("ride a motorcycle across South America," Cordoba, Argentina); helping others ("make someone's day," Milwaukee, Wisconsin); and family ("build a house for my mother," Trujillo, Peru).

As Chang says, "Our public spaces are our shared spaces, and they have a lot of potential to offer us a more valuable and meaningful kind of life." Her Before I Die walls are doing just that.

Chang's provocative and intimate talks explore the power of personal introspection in public space and what we can learn from our collective wisdom. To book Candy Chang as a speaker, contact The Lavin Agency.

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