The “Before I Die” mural has been picking up steam as of late, and has spread to the city’s West Side. Originally dreamed up by New Orleans artist and urban planner Candy Chang (see here) as she contemplated what to do after facing a tragic loss, the mural project has literally spread across the world, with people painting chalkboards on blank walls for others to fill in their own ambitions – ambitions that they would like to see fulfilled “Before I Die.”
It was The Foundry’s Sarah Fonzi and friends Emily Hackerson and Tommy Lombardo who first brought the “Before I Die” interactive mural to the city’s East Side (see here) in April, helping to inspire hope and spark dreams, while creating an inspirational work of public art at the same time. Recently another project sprung up at the Five Points intersection on the city’s West Side (lead image).
The next time that you’re heading over to Urban Roots or Five Points Bakery, look for the old Club Utica building (see here), grab some chalk and get writing. What would you like to do before that final day arrives?