The Photograph Gallery
What do you need to do earlier than you die?
That’s what artist and designer Sweet Chang needed to seek out out from her neighbors. However as an alternative of simply asking them, she determined to create a public artwork undertaking, referred to as Earlier than I Die.
In her New Orleans neighborhood, Sweet turned an deserted, graffiti-ed home into one thing inspiring. She coated a whole aspect of the home with big chalkboards with the phrases stenciled “Earlier than I die I need to _________.” She then left items of chalk for residents and passers-by to fill in an important issues they need to do of their lifetimes.
“It’s a query that has modified me within the final yr, and I consider the design of our public areas can higher mirror what’s necessary to us as residents and as human beings. The responses and tales from passersby whereas we have been putting in it have already hit me onerous within the coronary heart,” she says.
As soon as the wall has been crammed, she washes the board with water and begins once more. However earlier than cleansing the slate, she paperwork all of the responses in order that she will acquire them in a e-book. The undertaking is now funded by the Black Rock Arts Basis.