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Public art project 'Before I Die' comes to Auckland

About a week ago, I stumbled across this TED talk by Candy Chang via one of the blogs I regularly read. Chang is the driving force behind a public art project, ‘Before I Die’.

After losing a loved one, the New Orleans artist and urban planner turned the side of an abandoned houseinto a giant chalkboard and stenciled on it the words ‘Before I die I want to', leaving a blank space for others to fill in. Basically, it encourages passers-by to stop and share one thing they want to accomplish in their lifetime – and now the movement is coming to Auckland.

From Saturday October 13, Aucklanders can share their big dreams on a giant chalkboard wall outside Hum Cafe at 123 Grafton Bridge Road. It's currently under construction, and the installation will be up for a few weeks.

You can thank Latesha Randall (The Creative Collective) and Rosy Armitage (Hum Cafe) for bringing the interactive project down under. Says Armitage: "We can’t wait to see people’s responses to this thought-provoking question! We’re expecting they will definitely be diverse, a true reflection of the community here in Auckland."

'Before I Die' has spawned other chapters around the world from Spain to South Africa and Chang says the project has taken on a life of its own.

"The project is about remembering what is important to you, creating a public space for contemplation, and reimagining how our public spaces can better reflect what matters to us as a community and as individuals."