Before I Die . Be Inspired

Something beautiful out of ruins? Not always the case, but Candy Chang did just that in her New Orleans neighborhood when she turned the side of an abandoned house into something so much more than just a wall. She's made one of the best uses of chalkboard paint I've ever seen, creating Before I die..., an interactive public art project. Now, rather than simply being a ramshackle, well, shack, this wall is something beautiful, meant for people to express their hopes, goals, and dreams. Candy Chang has done her little part to patch up a crack in a community that's more beautiful for it. 

Update on 03.27.14 - Lexington had its own wall last fall! 

What would you write on the wall? Tell me in the comments! "Before I die I want to..."

Thanks to Andrei for bringing this little gem to my attention!!! <3


  1. very normal: get married :)

  2. Live life to it's fullest. Watch my children grow and hold and play with my grandchildren. Find peace within myself.

  3. Anonymous7/07/2011

    Know that I did more than just occupy space and that I made difference in at least one person's life.


  4. Anonymous7/08/2011

    Before I die I want to experience history through ancient cave drawings.

  5. Make time to find more animal shapes in the clouds.

  6. I LOVE this. I got such an emotional charge when I saw the photo of the whole building.
    Thanks for sharing with us Lindsay!

    Before I die....I want to be brave.

  7. Anonymous7/09/2011

    I want to see another beautiful sunset from the beach in front of Airlie Beach Hotel, in Airlie Beach.. Queensland Australia.

  8. Anonymous7/21/2011

    live the life that was planned without thoughts & solved with the love that was fairly shared

  9. I want to watch my children live a happy life, to see them grow in to strong people, to watch them look at their children with love in their eyes.

  10. Anonymous7/27/2011

    Seeing this i'm instantly inspired, which I believe is one of the many things that should come out of public art. Before I die, there are soo many different plans I have, but the one that this brings to mind the most is to create a place for homeless families or individuals to get their lives back on track, and a place where the hurt can find peace, and I believe that every community should have something like this (:

  11. Anonymous8/09/2011

    ...experience the true meaning of happy

  12. Anonymous8/10/2011

    before i die i want to change someones world

  13. Anonymous5/30/2012

    Before I die I want to change someone's life