This year we are looking to an interactive public art project called ‘Before I die’ as inspiration for our new (years) resolutions. The project was devised by Candy Chang, an artist and urban planner living in New Orleans, who turned the side of an abandoned house in her neighbourhood into a giant chalkboard where residents could write on the wall and share what is important to them.
The project is aimed at transforming neglected spaces into constructive places where people can discover the hopes and dreams of those around them. It also acts as a reminder of what is most important to us.
The responses written on the wall were overwhelming and ranged from hilarious to heartbreaking. A few examples: Before I die I want to… sing for millions, see my daughter graduate, see the leaves change many times, straddle the International Date Line, cook a souffle, hold her one more time, help numerous children, see what I’m like as an old man, tell my mother I love her, abandon all insecurities, be completely myself…
After receiving many requests from people around the world, Candy and her colleagues created a Before I Die Toolkit, which has already made its way cities including Amsterdam, Portsmouth, Querétaro, San Diego, Lisbon, Brooklyn and beyond.
Whatever your resolution is this year, keep in mind why you’re doing it and just make it happen.
For more inspiration from this awesome project click here.