Before I Die

Candy Chang

St. Martin's Griffin

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After losing someone she loved, artist Candy Chang painted the side of an abandoned house in her New Orleans neighborhood with chalkboard paint and stenciled the sentence, "Before I die I want to _____." Within a day of the wall’s completion, it was covered in colorful chalk dreams as neighbors stopped and reflected on their lives. Since then, more than four hundred Before I Die walls have been created by people all over the world. This beautiful hardcover book is an inspiring celebration of these walls and the stories behind them. Filled with hope, fear, humor, and heartbreak, Before I Die presents an intimate portrait of the dreams within our communities and a chance to ponder life's ultimate question.

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Praise for Before I Die

Praise for Candy Chang's "Before I Die" project:

“Through a series of large-scale projects that combine installation art with social activism, Chang has encouraged people to engage with public spaces to let their voices be heard.” —O, The Oprah Magazine

“They’re the stuff of everyday life from people of all walks of life . . .Young or old, rich or poor, the [Before I Die] wall does make you think as you walk by.” —NBC’s Rock Center with Brian Williams

Before I Die is merely one of the most creative community projects ever.” —The Atlantic

"A hope-filled treatise on finding joy in the everyday and illustrating the importace of living life to its fullest...A powerful reminder that life is for the living, and it's never too late, or too early, to join the party." --Publishers Weekly


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Candy Chang

Candy Chang is an artist who believes in the power of our public spaces to help us make sense of our communities and ourselves. She's a TED Fellow, a Tulane Urban Innovation Fellow, and a World Economic Forum Young Global Leader. She lives in New Orleans.

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Before I Die
Candy Chang

Paper Over Board

Paper Over Board
St. Martin's Press
St. Martin's Griffin
November 2013
Paper Over Board
ISBN: 9781250020840
ISBN10: 1250020840
7 x 9 inches, 304 pages, Includes over 300 color photographs throughout plus printed endpapers
$24.99

Kindle Format 8

Kindle Format 8
St. Martin's Press
St. Martin's Griffin
November 2013
Kindle Format 8
ISBN: 9781466857322
ISBN10: 1466857323
eBook Picture Book - Amazon
7 x 9 inches, 304 pages, Includes over 300 color photographs throughout
$11.99
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