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Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Candy Chang's Blackboard

In February 2011 the American urban planner Candy Chang turned the wall of an abandoned house in New Orleans into an enormous blackboard. She stenciled the words "Before I die, I want to..." at the top of the wall and provided the chalk passers-by needed to complete the sentence. Was the installation ignored, vandalized or ridiculed? No. People filled it in no time with hundreds of serious inscriptions - hopes, dreams, reflections. Word spread, and the wall became a tourist attraction. By now there are hundreds of similar installations in many cities. Obviously that "Before I die..." is a sentence many of us long to complete.

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