Chalk Up Another Cool Thing We’ve Seen

by The Wooster Collective SOURCE The Wooster Collective

Candy Chang is a public installation artist, designer, urban planner, who likes to make cities more comfortable for people. This is her art installation in New Orleans.

One month and seven hours of intense stenciling later and it’s up! With a lot of support from old and new friends, Candy Chang turned the side of an abandoned house in her neighborhood into a giant chalkboard where residents can write on the wall and remember what is important to them in life.

Before I Die project transforms neglected spaces into constructive ones where we can learn the hopes and aspirations of the people around us. It turns out this entire process (including official approval from many entities) has been a great lesson, experience, and project in itself. If you’re in New Orleans, stop by the corner of Marigny and Burgundy (900 Marigny Street) to add your thoughts to the wall and see what matters most to neighborhood. The responses and stories from passersby during installation have already hit many in the heart. More installations to come.

Huge thanks to Kristina Kassem, Alan Williams, Cory Klemmer, Anamaria Vizcaino, James Reeves, Alex Vialou, and Gary Hustwit for installation assistance and many others for support along the way! Concurrently installed in East/West Galleries.

Once the wall is filled, they wash the board with water and start with a clean slate again. They are documenting all responses and some will be included in a book. A project site is in the works.