Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Before I Die

Before I Die… in NOLA

With a lot of help and support from old and new friends, I turned the side of an abandoned house in my neighborhood into a giant chalkboard where residents can fill in the blank and remember what is important to them in life. It’s also about turning neglected spaces into constructive ones where we can learn the hopes and aspirations of the people around us. It turns out this entire process has been a great lesson, experience, and project in itself – more on that later. If you’re in New Orleans, stop by the corner of Marigny and Burgundy (900 Marigny St) to add your thoughts to the wall and see what matters most to your neighbors. It’s a question that has changed me in the last year, and I believe our public spaces can better reflect what’s important to us as residents and as human beings. The responses and stories from passers-by while we were installing it have already hit me hard in the heart. More installations to come.

Check out the site here (with more pictures of course).

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