Originally created by the artist Candy Chang, Before I Die is a global art project that invites people to contemplate death and reflect on their lives. Learn more.

July 11, 2017

After sharing messages on previous Before I Die walls in Portland and Baltimore, Chere Weiss and Richard Potts created their own wall at the annual Waterfront Blues Festival along the Willamette River. “The festival organizers were very supportive and the response was overwhelming,” said Weiss. “We estimate nearly three thousand posts were written on the wall during the five day festival. The common threads were longing for love and connection, travel, and wishing for the well-being of loved ones.”

June 13, 2017

Created as part of Earth Day Toyama 2017, this small Before I Die wall was quickly filled with peoples’ dreams and hopes. “I never expected that I’d feel something so special from each sentence,” said Aki Nakashima, one of the organizers of this event. “They say everyone experiences ups and downs in their lives, and this board literally gives proof of it.” Aki shared some of the stories behind the responses on the wall:

Before I die I want to live with my true love. “This was written by a woman in her sixties,” said Aki. “She had no hesitation in writing it. Beautiful.”

Before I die I want to hold my dad and mom and say thank you for giving birth to me. “By chance I had a chat with the woman who wrote this. She suffered from a binge eating disorder until she was 41. Through repeated trial and error, she finally found her own right place to be, and she wanted to say this to her parents from the bottom of her heart.”

Before I die I want to visit my granddad’s graveyard in China on behalf of my mom. “The woman who wrote this shared her family’s story with us,” Aki said. “Her grandfather was killed on the field of World War II in China. Her mom has a severe illness now, and visiting his grave is also her dream. We thought of many people’s lives devastated by the war.”

Before I die I want to be completely self-sufficient. “This was written by a man in his sixties. He has already accomplished eighty percent of it! Currently, he’s growing many kinds of vegetables in his field with his wife, and he showed us photos of his field.”

Before I die, I want to go on a motorcycle trip. “She’s planning to have a motorcycle license, although her husband hasn’t accepted this yet. After she talked about it, her friend offered her a space for it in her garage! If we have dreams, talking about them and sharing them with others is one of the ways to make them happen.”

May 15, 2017

After many conversations about death, dying, and the ways in which millennials perceive end of life issues, Suzanne Engelder, a hospice program manager, suggested that her intern, Caitlin Shea, create a Before I Die wall on her college campus. Bringing the wall to California State University Long Beach provided an opportunity for students and faculty to contemplate their lives, consider what gives them meaning, and share their aspirations in a very public way. Through the act of writing these thoughts down in public, Engelder and Shea hoped individuals would be intentional about the process.

Because California State University Long Beach is a large campus with most students commuting to school, Engelder and Shea sought to offer an event that would build a sense of community. The general response was overwhelmingly positive and supportive. Many of the students and faculty who stopped, paused, and considered the responses on the wall felt moved with a sense of compassion and empathy for their fellows. Some responded with tears, slight smiles, and even laughter.

May 9, 2017

In the weeks leading up to Easter, people walking past Trinity City church on North Terrace were chalking up their ideas, letting Adelaide know what they wanted to do before they died. The Before I Die cube in front of the church offered an interactive snapshot of the things that make life meaningful. Although some responses were crude, others were fascinating, honest, and extremely thoughtful. There were lofty achievements and ambitions to embrace life or forget life; some hinted at moral fear, others at peace. By far the most common longing was for human relationships. For the Trinity City church, the Before I Die project was a way to invite the public to contemplate issues of mortality and faith during the Easter season.

May 2, 2017

This wall was created by the Korea Ceramic Foundation as part of the 9th Gyeonggi International Ceramic Biennale in Korea. The theme of the biennale, Narrative: Ode to Life, showcases ceramic works from around the world that tell stories about our lives through three thematic exhibitions at three biennale venues. Among those, the Yeoju thematic exhibition Pray_Cherishing Life presents two hundred eighteen urns intended to solicit artistic sublimation and positive perceptions of life and death. 

Each artist created a ‘memorial pot’ to commemorate the life of a loved one, offering viewers an opportunity to contemplate life and death. “While the practice of cremation is becoming more widespread in all over the world,” said the organizers, “this exhibition reflects changing attitude towards death and the last ceremony for life; it also reflects shifting notions of death and the idea of urns as a new haven for the soul and life as well.” By writing on the Before I Die wall installed in the middle of this exhibit, visitors were able to consider and articulate their relationship with mortality.

April 25, 2017

The Before I Die wall in Liberty Park was created by Megan Busse, a high school senior. “Art is all about expression,” said Busse, “and I thought this would be a great project for self-expression.” Read more at the Mooresville Tribune.

April 20, 2017

The Shanghai Fu Shou Yuan Humanism Memorial Museum created a temporary Before I Die wall in a nearby cemetery as part of Qingming Jie, or ‘Tomb-Sweeping Day’, a holiday when people mourn their dead by cleaning their graves and offering food, wine, and tea to their ancestors.

April 18, 2017

I learned about BID not long after Candy Chang created her wall. It seemed such a life affirming activity I wanted to share it with our small community in Central Victoria, Australia. The wall has been installed near the historic Glenlyon Shire Hall. It was first written upon on Sunday 2 November and will be dismantled on 17 November.

April 18, 2017

This wall is located in the corner of University Ave and Richmond St. in San Diego. It is cleaned every week by a gnome in a red hat. The wall also features the most popular responses from the previous week.

April 17, 2017

In the morning of May 20th 2015, students of China Medical University (CMU), Taiwan woke up to find their school altered. Leaning against the wall is a board with the famous line “Before I die, I want to…” written on it. This board was made by students belonging to the Students Association of CMU, a group called SHARPA (Sharing Place, Sharing Sharp).
SHARPA is a platform for open discussion and knowledge-sharing, initiated by the students to improve diversification in the school. They included this wall into their activities in hopes of connecting every student of the school by ideas shared on the board.
Each day, the words written on the board vary from sad, touching, interesting to cheerful. To the students of SHARPA, every word has its own story, and it’s a gentle reminder of what’s most important throughout our life.

April 17, 2017

This wall was built following a suggestion from history student Felix Zielinski. She suggested introducing the art project ‘Before I Die I Want To…’ by artist Candy Chang, to De Uithof, the university campus of Utrecht University (Netherlands). The University was very enthusiastic about this idea and drafted a proposal for a wall in the campus centre which could be used for the art project. In the summer of 2014, the wall was created.

Felix hopes that the project will enable students to think about what they really want to achieve in life. “It is also an almost childlike and simple concept that nevertheless manages to brighten and enliven the public space. Maybe it will bring more people into contact with each other, which is something that was among the principles of Candy Chang; to create social cohesion.”

April 17, 2017

Before I Die Wall in Belgrade was built by association “Zivojin Misic”, founded by entrepreneurship enthusiasts and a company dedicated to make a significant change in society, both Serbia and the world, on July 4th. It’s located at Belgrade’s oasis – Ada Ciganlija lake.

We came across an article describing the Before I Die art project and, most of all, Candy’s reasons for her first wall and true wishes of spreading the “word”. Touched by the Wall’s purpose and it’s, ultimately, noble cause – we firmly decided to join the movement.

While we were waiting for the right time and place, the project got another purpose – the Walls became recognized and loved by millions of people traveling the world and gave the hosting cities a touch of uniqueness. We figured that Belgrade was absolutely up to the task of being one of those cities which wants and needs it’s people driven by the true values of life.

A few minutes after we had set up the Wall, our wishes came true – people who’d been passing by stopped, looked at the Wall for some time and then asked themselves (aloud): “What do I really want to do before I die?”. Mission complete. They started coming and writing, and then coming back, and now we can say we made it – it was a small influence on the community making some big changes in other people’s lives. If only 10 out of 1000 people did something about their true wishes, we can say we accomplished a great thing.

April 17, 2017

Make a difference. See my kids happy. Live life to the fullest. Those were some of the hopeful messages left by Detroiters on the city’s first Before I Die wall. Within a short time, the entire wall was filled with colorful messages. The location was perfect for this thought-provoking public art project. On the street, construction was underway for the new streetcar route. Whether attending a Tigers game nearby at Comerica Park, visiting the major theaters in the area, or exploring any of the renowned downtown parks and checking out the city’s new retailers and restaurants, Detroiters engaged with the wall and filled it with their hopes and dreams. This wall was a perfect reflection of the spirit that lives in Detroit and the community’s vision for a bright future.

April 17, 2017

Once upon a time there was a tiny country near the Baltic sea called Latvia. It was small, yet very beautiful and rich. Across centuries it was desired by many monarchs and dictators, but even when they conquered its land, the spirit of the nation always remained free.

Latvia is a small, but definitely a very beautiful and rich country. Not only because of its nature, resources, heritage and changing seasons, but mainly because of its people, who live in a small land, but always dream big dreams.

Wall is built in the center of the capital of Latvia, next to the cinema, shopping centre and railway station.

The times of struggle have always been right near by, and the project was launched to remind our nation that there is something that will always keep us going. Become better. Feel happier. And eventually – be happier.

Within a few hours the wall was filled with hopes, big and small, and dreams that cannot wait until we die.

April 17, 2017

Clarington is a Municipality located on the eastern boundary of the Greater Toronto Area with a population of approximately 90 thousand people living in four major urban centres and 13 hamlets.
The Planning Services Department launched the chalkboard installation to engage the community in creating public art in public spaces over the summer. We wanted to create an environment where the community could share their hopes and aspirations using art. Clarington’s installation received high praise from residents as it was featured in five different locations: Bowmanville, two spots in Courtice, Orono and Newcastle.

April 17, 2017

The Before I Die wall was built to celebrate the National Day on Writing at Savannah State University (SSU), the oldest public historically black college in Georgia. Savannah State University, founded in 1890, is located in the historic and charming city of Savannah, Georgia.

On October 20th, 2015, Savannah State University students, faculty, and staff members celebrated writing and life in a very special way. SSU writers inspired all participants by listing their dreams, thoughts and wishes on the Before I Die wall. Also, attendees ate together, heard a TED Talk presented by Candy Chang, the creator of the Before I Die project, and listened to poetry and stories written and read by SSU students, faculty, and staff members.

A Before I Die book was offered to the best student writing on the wall. The winner was selected by a group of students, faculty, and staff members.

The Before I Die wall was brought to SSU by its Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP), “The Write Attitude,” a campus-wide initiative to enhance student learning by improving attitudes about writing. The SSU Writing Center and Estuary, SSU’s literary magazine, were essential partners in this project. Special thanks to Dr. Chad Faries, Professor in the English, Languages and Cultures Department, and to the QEP Student Ambassadors, who built, painted, and maintained the wall.

* The National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) established October 20 as the National Day on Writing. The idea is to celebrate writing and to recognize its importance in people’s lives.

April 17, 2017

Before I Die is a global public art project that invites people to reflect on their lives and share their personal aspirations in public space. This is done by placing big boards with the phrase “Before I die, I want to…” written on them, on which anyone can write their thoughts, wishes. Being a multicultural city, the boards in Cluj had multilingual labels. There are more than 1000 walls worldwide, the only one in Romania being in Bucharest. We wanted to bring this movement to Cluj.

April 17, 2017

We created this wall as a follow up to last year’s remix (In 2015 I want to…). We chose to build it at the beginning of the school year in order to get input from students just arriving to school for the first time or from passersby eager to start the year on the right foot. At a personal level, this was an important wall as it was built after the recent death of a friend, and in the middle of surgical recovery from one of the organizers. The wall was built on January 14, 2016 on the Eje Ambiental in the historic Candelaria neighbourhood in Bogota.

April 17, 2017

This “Before i die” wall was proposed to the inhabitants and the visitors of La Rochelle (France) during the 1st festival of writings “Vibrations poétiques” from 11 till 13 March 2016.

Panels were installed on the gate of a former maritime building, in the district of Gabut.
From the beginning to the end of the festival, they have encountered a great success.
A reading of all the contributions left on panels during the festival was made on March 13th during the ending workshops.

April 17, 2017

Midtown Sacramento’s Before I Die window came to life through a collaboration between the Midtown Business Association and Snowline Hospice. The window was created to inspire people to reflect on their lives and share their hopes and dreams with the community around them. The window is located at 919 20th Street and will stay in place throughout the summer months.

April 17, 2017

There’s more to Seaport’s popularity than its tech hubs and booming businesses. Where corporations see economic opportunity, residents of Boston see a place to live, work, and make lasting memories. They’re the real reason behind the area’s success, as families want to invest in the intrinsic worth of the neighborhood.

We envision the Seaport as a community with the ability to foster true innovation, creativity, and a thriving economy. There’s incredible potential in this district, and we aspire to build a place where people want to be, now and in the future.

April 17, 2017

Director of Grief Support, Nancy Weil, learned about this project and knew immediately that it was a perfect fit for our cemetery. Our walls are a way to celebrate all that life can offer. They also give visitors to the cemetery pause to consider what they most want to do with the time they have left. We placed two walls in separate areas of the cemetery and from the first day they have been filled again and again with sentiments both heartbreaking and humorous. Deep desires are spelled out for all to see and many prayers have been said for those wanting “to have a living child” or “to reunite my divided family.” Themes that are repeated over and over again include: traveling the world, being happy, getting married and making a difference.

Our walls have been featured on the front page of The Buffalo News, covered by our local news station, featured in community newsletters, shown on our Facebook page and written about in professional industry magazines. We are proud to be the first cemetery that embraced this project that was born out of Candy Chang’s grief and has since spread across the world. From heartache to hope, from desires to dreams fulfilled – may all who write on our board and visit our cemeteries find what they are seeking.

This wall was born in May, 2016 and will be retired for the winter. It will go back up each spring in either the Mount Olivet Cemetery in Kenmore, NY or in one of our five cemeteries in the WNY area.

February 28, 2017

This wall was created by Bosque Eterno, a Funeral Park in the middle of a 110,000-sqare-foot forest of 50-year-old oak trees. It is a cemetery where you can visit your departed loved ones in a peaceful place and feel comforted by nature; where you can seat in a bench beside a tree, beside a lake and be surrounded by birds and nature, and be able to have a moment of memories, solitude and insight.

Bosque Eterno was inspired to build this wall because their main concern is to help give families some peace in those difficult times when you lose someone you love. They wanted to inspire families, bring peace into their hearts and dreams into their lives. They built this wall in the entrance of the park so everyone that visits can share their hopes and dreams.

Every year in November, they organize a large Festival of the Day of the Dead and many families visit. This wall has been an inspiration to all of them.

February 28, 2017

A cube-like version of the Before I Die wall was installed in the plaza of a shopping center as part of the SICK! Festival, an annual program of events, conversations, and artwork that addresses the physical, emotional, and social challenges of modern life.

February 24, 2017

February 20, 2017

This wall was built in Yoyogi park by Araucaria during a two day event, Earthday Tokyo 2015. The Earthday Tokyo 2015 was attended by as many as 100,000 kids, grown-ups, and overseas visitors who gathered to fill the wall with their dreams. It was a really impressive event, and we thank you for allowing this to happen. The impression of this tender and heartwarming event is expressed by the large heart drawn on the blackboard on the first day.

February 20, 2015

February 20, 2015

Como percebemos que a história em que levou Candy Chang à construir o projeto Before i Die estava relacionado às pessoas que nos visitavam no Dia de Finados, encontramos ai uma oportunidade de adesão da população ao projeto. Afinal, todo e qualquer pensamento e reflexão sobre a morte, nos remete a desejos e atividades vitais. Vimos também que o projeto iria fazer com que as pessoas refletissem sobre o que queriam fazer antes de morrer, pois justamente nesse dia as pessoas se encontravam mais sensibilizadas.

Assim, o departamento de psicologia, o departamento funerário e o departamento de marketing da empresa se uniram e fizeram o projeto acontecer. Confeccionamos dois quadros que ficaram expostos durante todo o Dia de Finados, um com 4,8×1,5 metros e outro com 2,4×1,6 metros, aplicamos adesivos de borboletas coloridas nos quadros como símbolo que auxiliaria na adaptação do projeto e também remete a transformação. Os quadros foram colocados nas entradas dos dois cemitérios da cidade de Rio Verde, o Cemitério São Sebastião e o Cemitério São Miguel.

Os resultados superaram as expectativas, pois na medida em que as pessoas visualizavam os quadros já se aproximavam para saber sobre o projeto. Durante todo o evento tivemos que apagar os quadros várias vezes, pois em pouco tempo ficavam totalmente escritos, isso foi feito para que outras pessoas tivessem a oportunidade de escrever também. Foram a média de 3000 pessoas que refletiram e compartilharam seus sonhos, desejos e expectativas nos quadros, incluindo crianças, adultos e idosos, para isso, no dia contamos com a ajuda dos estagiários do curso de psicologia da Universidade de Rio Verde.

February 16, 2015

The mobile Wall was located at a seminar of teachers, who give filosophy/religion on secondary schools.

February 5, 2015

We made a wall with step by step explained the project before he died.
n We are a nonprofit mourning company and we want to show that death makes us think about life. Our wall will be here indefinitely, so that many can leave their dreams.

Street Desembargador Hugo Simas, 26 Curitiba / Brazil

December 20, 2014

We made an alternate version of the wall called the Yo Creo wall. We chose that set of words “yo creo (en)” instead of “Before I Die” because in our language, “yo creo” refers to believe or to the verb create. And that is the essence of our work, to create and believe in our community and to understand that beyond all of the people that live with us, there is a story behind: a life.

We live in a neighbourhood called El Poblado, also known as Comuna 14 (The city is divided in 16 sectors called comunas). It´s also known as a place were the “wealthier” live, but the saddest part of the place were we live is that there is no community or neighbourhood belonging; sense of belonging. We don´t care about what happens near us because we are too selfish to care.

December 20, 2014

Located in Nashville’s 12 South neighborhood in front of The Flipside restaurant (2403 12th Avenue South), this board was planted in September 2014 by Madison Cuthbertson, a senior at Hume-Fogg Academic High School, and friends. Motivated by a board in Louisville, this board was constructed to inspire the Nashville community to think about their goals and desires in life and work toward them. We extended the original concept to also ask the community to imagine a better world and describe how they would create this world. The response to this board has been overwhelming; it has been featured in local media and lauded by visitors and residents of the neighborhood.

December 20, 2014

This wall was created on the emergency exit doors of Teatro Colosseo, one of the biggest live theater in Turin, northern Italy. Most people think of a theatre as a place to see a play, where a story is acted out in front of an audience. The Director decided to change this traditional perspective, in order to enable people to become protagonists in their own lives, sharing feelings, hopes, desires…

The wall is snapped on a systematic basis and is cleaned off when it gets full, so it can continue to offer a positive creative space for all the potential amazing writers.

November 30, 2014

Kirchen gibt es in Schweinfurt nur am Rand der Fußgängerzone. Daher geht die ökumenische Cityseelsorge (Evangelische Citykirche und Katholische Citypastoral) neue Wege: Eine Kirche mit Rädern, die Wagenkirche (www.wagenkirche.de) zieht jede Woche die Blicke der Passanten an. Die große Baustelle mitten in der Haupteinkaufsstraße ist eine große Chance, hier viele Menschen anzusprechen.

Die Aktion startete in einem besonderen Gottesdienst in der St. Johanniskirche am 23.11.2014. Das Ende bildet ebenfalls eine außergewöhnliche Andacht am 5.12.2014, in der einige der Beiträge eine Rolle spielen werden.

Mehr Fotos in der Bildergalerie der Citykirche Schweinfurt


Churches in Schweinfurt are located slightly outside of the pedestrian zone. This is why the ecumenical city church (Protestant and Catholic together) tries out new ways: A church on wheels (www.wagenkirche.de) for example, that attracts people in the pedestrian zone every week. The big construction site in the main shopping street is a good chance to reach many people who are passing by.

The wall started in a special church service in St. Johannis on 11-23-2014. It will end with another service in the same church on 12-05-2014, where some of the text written by the people will be read.

More photos in the image gallery on the Citykirche Schweinfurt main page.

November 8, 2014

NCCC History Club co-sponsors Mindy Ayers and I saw this project on our History Club trip to New Orleans last year and the students and Mindy and I were moved by the project and what we read. I brought the idea back to our NCCC Executive Committee who also loved the project, and low and behold, the NCCC “Before I Die” wall was born.
nIt didn’t take long before students started reading and writing…

This wall belongs to the students, faculty, staff and visitors of Neosho County Community College. The wall is cleaned and erased regularly, truly a metaphor for life. Each day you begin with a blank slate and it is yours to do with as you will. Remember that and document your dreams here.

Thanks you for sharing with us!

November 2, 2014

I learned about BID not long after Candy Chang created her wall. It seemed such a life affirming activity I wanted to share it with our small community in Central Victoria, Australia. The wall has been installed near the historic Glenlyon Shire Hall. It was first written upon on Sunday 2 November and will be dismantled on 17 November.

November 2, 2014

Eric Fithyan and his staff’s purpose for the wall was to create talk in the community not about death but about life. Eric said, “Once inside this facility, it is too late for dreams”. He went on to say, “The Funeral Service Industry is encouraging community to have the talk of a lifetime”. Ellen Daugherty, Administrative Assistant for the funeral home, was deeply touched by the words of the community. “Never would I think to see messages of a better community and leading people to Christ, but that was the message of the community. Eric told me about this project and I, along with the rest of the staff, joined right in to help. Eric and I never thought we would see so many people”, Ellen explains.
nThis wall encouraged and inspired community members and visitors alike to
nshare their stories and dreams in a public form. We may never know the person who
nwrote on the wall but let it touch our lives and hearts.

October 31, 2014

This Before I Die Wall is located in the Research and Academic Centre West at the Wilfrid Laurier University Brantford Campus at 150 Dalhousie St. This project was led by students, a professor and local artist. In this wall there are six different languages included (English, French, Mohawk, Spanish, Dutch and Italian) to incorporate the culture of the school, the Brantford community and Canada as a whole. This wall is intended for university students to take a moment and think about what they want to do before they die. It is easy for students to get caught up in the stresses of life but this wall provides an opportunity to look into the future and think about moments beyond the present and where they want their life to go. It is about the future and the dreams every person has. With this wall the dreams and hopes of all students will be shared to create a stronger community and a project that every person can be a part of.

October 31, 2014

The Before I Die… wall was set in Zagreb as part of the 7th edition of the Zagrebi! Festival (October 2014).

It was chosen by the festival’s art director Emil Matesic, due to this year’s festival theme – the aestheticization of death through standardized symbols combined with the artists’ personal experiences and points of view. Making references to various encounters or experiences of death, the artists featured in Zagrebi! festival left their imprint conveying some of the meanings death carries.

The two-sided wall stood on one of the most crowded streets in downtown Zagreb much longer than planned (for over 20 days). Washed twice a day, the blackboard was never blank, fully covered with wishes even on the sides, above and below the provided lines… The city government even expressed their wish to keep the wall there for good!

As one of the first international community art projects in Zagreb Before I Die.. left a strong impression and gained many positive reactions, while being followed by a few similar initiatives in the same urban area.

October 28, 2014

Katholische Betriebsseelsorge Ostwürttemberg created this wall as part of their outreach work, and it was built and maintained with the help of residents who had been unemployed for more than two years. “Some people have problems with money, depression, drugs, relationships, homelessness, and more,” said the organizers. “So building and servicing the wall provided some relief.”

October 22, 2014

This wall was created for ArtPrize® 2014 at Ah-Nab-Awen Park in Grand Rapids, Michigan. As the venue’s curators, the SCRG Collective sought pieces that invited ArtPrize visitors to go beyond traditional observation, and instead invoked participation and exploration of their role in relation to art and community. By bringing “Before I Die..” to the space, visitors were able to interact with and to implicate themselves into the piece. It lived in conversation with Jenny Ustick’s “Metanoia: You Are Here,” an installation of mirror portraits portraying and reflecting community members.

ArtPrize is an open, international public art competition that received over 40,000 attendees in 2014. While “Before I Die…” did not take home the prize, it attracted so much attention and foot traffic during the competition that the grass around the piece was worn away within a few days. For those of you who were not able to travel to Grand Rapids and visit the wall in person, we leave you with some of our favorite dreams and aspirations.

ArtPrize is an annual international art competition in Grand Rapids, MI.

October 22, 2014

Palliative care is a medical approach that seeks to improve the quality of life for patients and their families faced with life-limiting illnesses. To create awareness for and encourage conversations about end of life care (generally considered taboo amongst the older generation), we designed a symbol for palliative care, one that would work across different languages, and cultures.

We launched the world’s first symbol for palliative care at an exhibition attended by government ministers, foreign dignitaries and local celebrities. The theme ‘Living life to the fullest’ was also demonstrated across photographs, stories and videos. Our 5-day exhibition included four ‘Before I Die’ walls. All of which were filled up on the first day itself! We had to increase the number of boards from 4 to 12, and collected over 1,800 pledges altogether.

The ‘Before I Die’ boards were later brought back to Hospis Malaysia. New boards were created for other palliative care awareness events around the country – a national campaign that is still ongoing. Their messages continue to inspire many people. After all, the end of life does not and should not diminish the quality of life.

Help us spread the word – pledge your support at palliativecare.my/support. Thank you!

October 9, 2014

McCall’s “Before I Die” wall is a moveable wall first installed on the shore of beautiful Payette Lake during the height of the summer. McCall is a high mountain resort community that sees a lot of winter snow. So, the wall will migrate with the seasons and show up again next summer.

McCall’s “Before I Die” wall was first installed on the shore of beautiful Payette Lake during the height of the summer season. McCall is a high mountain resort community that gets a lot of snow, so the wall will migrate with the seasons and be re-installed each summer.

October 6, 2014

This wall was a collaborative community arts project by some awesome people who love art and Flinders Island. Mountain Seas Arts, a retreat located in Strzelecki National Park Flinders Island, provides residencies for visiting artists, asking that they contribute something to the local community in return. This project was the contribution of AIR Karen Morrow. It lived in Whitemark, Flinders Island on the wall of an art gallery recently acquired by Flinders Council and was launched with an embroidery exhibition. The launch was generously supported by the Country Womens Association, who organised a sausage sizzle for all who attended. The arts community on Flinders Island is very strong and this project was enthusiastically embraced by everyone.

October 6, 2014

Four Seasons Compassion for Life found the Before I Die wall campaign fit perfectly with our desire to get people talking about LIVING and focusing on LIFE more so than DEATH. We want to encourage our friends to slow down and appreciate all that life has to offer before it is too late. We built the wall at our HOSPICE HOME STORE on MAIN STREET in DOWNTOWN HENDERSONVILLE, a quaint and charming town right outside of Asheville, NC. This location brings great traffic and interest in both the wall out front and the treasures found inside our store! The wall was unveiled to the Henderson county community on October 1st and we hope to keep some rendition of it around for quite some time!

September 23, 2014

September 20, 2014

“Before I Die” wall is located in Elkhart, Indiana. This wall was inspired by the hopes and dreams of everyone in our community.

It all started a year ago when we converted our Art League Building in to a legal site for graffiti. At first, there were small problems with vandalism – but finally – 95% of the graffiti artists started working with us – one by one – policing and erasing anything inappropriate.

As a “thank you” to the graffiti artists, additional walls were built along with two boards that are dedicated to the “Before I die” Project. We, then, realized that the community had something to say as well.

Every day we take photos of the messages. Some messages are very thought out…some funny…some very inspiring. Some of the responses are: “Before I Die” I want to find my overdue library brook; write a novel; I want to eat a wild turkey, and kiss the girl who sits across from me in class.”

One day an older man in a wheel chair came by and asked us about the wall. He was a disabled Vietnam veteran who asked me to write “God Bless America” on the wall, which we did, with the promise that we would make sure that it was there everyday. We also write “Good Morning, Dave” to solute him daily.

The boards are located at 511 Baldwin Street, on the north side of the city. No time limit has been established as to the removal of the boards. These boards were donated by James, owner of The Old Bag Factory in Goshen, Indiana. The additional funding came from personal donations and the help – lots of volunteer time.

September 6, 2014

We love to create and share our artwork with the community.  As soon as we saw the Candy Chang TED video and the Before I Die website we knew we wanted to build a wall!  We were searching for a place to put it when we found out about The Alley Art Festival, an interactive art and culture experience and a celebration of creativity found off the beaten path.  That’s us!  This was the perfect event for our wall.  We built a free standing, movable wall.  We also created four small, individual frames with chalkboard that are designed to be written on and then held while taking a selfie.  Our wish is that the wall will travel to different events and locations and that someday we will be able to build a permanent wall in our community.  The wall will premier at The Alley Art Festival http://www.alleyartfestival.com/  in Vista, California on September 13, 2014.

The wall has also appeared on Main Street on Halloween 2014 and was invited to join the All Souls Festival 11-1-2014.

August 27, 2014

Bulleen Plaza is a vibrant, undercover, fully air conditioned neighborhood shopping centre that reflects the culturally diverse community. Bulleen Plaza is widely recognized for its particular strength in European specialty foods, it’s intimate & friendly atmosphere whilst heightening its profile as a community meeting place & centre for community activity.

We instantly connected with the idea, we knew the project could have a lot of potential here at the plaza and could be a great art project for the community to share their wishes, dreams, aspirations as well as their personnel struggles!

With the constant conflict and war emerging in the world, as well as illness, personal loss & the constant struggles of the day to day we thought this project could be the perfect reminder of a commitment you once made to yourself for something you once wanted or dreamed of but never believed could one day happen, or something you’ve pushed to the back of your mind believing it’s not as important as something you had or have to deal in the near moment instead.

We believe in being the change you want to see in the world, and before you can help others you must learn to help yourself.

August 25, 2014

The wall was built by NGO Edukativo and on the mine initiative. The project was financialy supported by the German organisation Schuler Helfen Leben through their youth program.

The whole process, from planning to realisation, lasted only 6 days, from Monday to Saturday when the wall has been built and presented to the citizens. I had luck that people in SHL had no doubt that this project is worth to be supported but also the other few members of our organisations were very excited about whole thing and their support meant a lot to me.

After a desperate search for a place and the permissions we found a perfect wall in the city center, we built it and installed it. The reactions were suprisingly positive, not only from our small community but from the people around the country and also from neighbourhood countries. After only few hours the wall was full of different wishes and it still a source of inspiration for many people who are coming to write or simply read others wishes.

August 22, 2014


Our remix of the “Before I Die” wall was created in August, 2014, as part of a Year 12 project. The wall was titled “In My Lifetime I Will….“, and represents our social action for the community. It was constructed in order to raise awareness about mental health in rural communities. We have seen the wall bring a lot of happiness and confidence to people, as they choose to share their lifetime aspirations in a public space. Healthy thinking and a positive outlook is extremely important in teenagers, which is why we felt that this was a perfect social action for the school community. The wall was placed on a very visible wall in Kapunda High School, so that both students and visitors can admire this helpful and influential art project. Upon closing, this wall will be stored permanently in the schools support center, the “Student Hub”, so that students in years to come can continue benefiting from it.

Located at: West Terrace, Kapunda SA , Australia.

August 11, 2014

August 2, 2014

July 29, 2014

This is a “moveable wall” first erected in July of 2013, out in the mountains of North Idaho, on the grounds of the Eureka Institute, in conjunction with “Summer Fest” a music and life activities festival.

It was moved into Sandpoint in August of 2013. It now sits along our bike trail near the grainery district. It is in its second year and going strong.

I wanted to build the wall after seeing the TED video describing the great positive effects all the walls have had. I lacked a spot, but the founder of the Eureka Institute was looking for activities for our Summer Fest. The wall fit, so I found my venue. The wall was painted indoors in Sandpoint and then moved 20 miles to its site in the country. Following SummerFest we took the wall down and built it again in town.

Sandpoint is a tourist town. We have a huge alpine lake and a great ski hill. So we have  a constant flow of new people on the bike trail, all year round. New messages are always showing up.


July 12, 2014

The Ogden Museum of Southern Art invited Candy Chang to create a Before I Die wall on the side of their museum in downtown New Orleans (925 Camp Street). Over 125 feet long, it is one of the longest Before I Die walls ever and a celebration of our shared connections in the city where it all began. The wall was installed in October 2013 during the Art for Arts’ Sake Festival and will remain up for the Prospect 3 exhibition in October 2014. Signed Before I Die books are also available in their lovely gift shop.

July 4, 2014

We have created the wall in Shin-Matsudo, a town about 12 miles north of Tokyo.
nWe are honored and touched to see the neighbors dedication come to fruition in a monument.
nWe’re going to cherish this glorious project as it is meaningful to each and everyone to fulfill their life desires.
nThe location will be forever remembered thanks to the founder Ms.Candy Chang for coming up with this brilliant idea.
nThe location of these walls will be the starting point for many more walls to be erected in and around our living city.
nThis sets the cornerstone for preserving the memory of our past educational environment where we have recycled the eminence to commemorate our citizens. In fact, this wall was made of the blackboards that had been used in a junior high school, Shin-Matsudo Kita-chugakkou’, recently closed due to decrease in the number of children.
nWe are proud of this accomplishment.


東京から約20kmの街「新松戸」にウォールを作りました。私たちは、Candy Chang氏の言うように、地域の人々のアウトプットが交錯する場所が新たに出来たことがひじょうに嬉しく、感動しています。このウォールが、この場所が、地域の人々の心の中に根付くよう、このプロジェクトを大切に続けていくつもりです。

July 4, 2014

Abans de morir… neix a Manresa el dia 29 de juny de 2014. És el mur dels desitjos, situat al centre de la ciutat, entre el carrer del Primer de Maig i el Passeig de Pere III.

Des del moment que ens vam assabentar del projecte ens va suscitar molt d’interès i moltes ganes, sobretot, d’experimentar l’ impacte de la iniciativa de la Candy Chang a la nostra ciutat.

Al principi vàrem sentir desig, inquietud, incertesa sobre si podríem dur-lo a terme i també dubtes perquè era un repte per a totes nosaltres… Ara, un cop acabada la paret, i havent vist com una simple pregunta pot generar tant d’impacte i commoure a tota una ciutadania, sentim alegria, complicitat, satisfacció, felicitat, entusiasme; és el reconeixement anònim, públic i familiar i que també ha tingut ressò a diferents mitjans de comunicació.

La sorpresa, la sensació de benestar que hem viscut en el mur en què sembla que s’hi aturi el temps, veure les reaccions que inviten a la reflexió, des de la d’un infant fins a  la d’una persona gran, és molt més que una experiència.

El mur és efímer, però per a nosaltres hi haurà un abans i un després.

Amb tot el nostre agraïment a Mo i acció, familiars i amics que ens han donat el seu suport i a totes les persones que han dedicat uns segons de la seva vida a pensar i a escriure el seu desig vital.




Abans de morir… nace en Manresa el día 29 de junio de 2014. Es el muro de los deseos, situado en el corazón de la ciudad, entre la calle Primer de Maig y el Passeig de Pere III.

Desde el momento que conocimos el proyecto, nos suscitó mucho interés y muchas ganas, especialmente por querer experimentar el impacto del proyecto de Candy Chang en nuestra ciudad.

Al principio sentimos deseo, inquietud, incertidumbre en si podríamos llevarlo a cabo y también dudas porque era un reto para todas nosotras. Una vez ya terminada la pared, y ver cómo una simple pregunta puede generar tal impacto y conmover a toda una ciudadanía, lo que sentimos es alegría, complicidad, satisfacción, felicidad, entusiasmo; es el reconocimiento público, anónimo y familiar, difundido también  en diferentes medios de comunicación.

La sorpresa, la sensación de bienestar que hemos vivido en la pared en la que parece detenerse el tiempo,  ver las reacciones que invitan a la reflexión, desde la de  un niño/a hasta la de  una persona mayor, es mucho más que una experiencia.

La pared es efímera, pero para nosotras habrá un antes y un después.

Con todo nuestro agradecimiento a Mo i acció, familiares y amigos que nos han apoyado y a todas las personas que han dedicado unos segundos de su vida a pensar y a escribir su deseo vital.


Abans de morir … was born in Manresa on the 29th of June 2014. It is a wall of desires, located in the heart of the city, between C/ Primer de Maig and  Passeig de Pere III.

From the moment we became aware of the project, we were aroused, intrigued and above all eager to sense and experience the impact of the ‘Candy Chang’ initiative in our city.

At first we noted desire, restlessness and uncertainty about whether or not we could take forward the idea, for it was a real challenge for all of us. Now, once the wall is a reality and having seen how a simple ideology can generate both impact and move an entire community, we feel joy, companionship, satisfaction, happiness and also enthusiasm for the anonymous recognition from the people, families and the echoes from various media outlets.

The surprise and the feeling of well-being that we have all experienced at the wall appears to pause time and to see the reactions that invite reflection from people of all ages be they children or adults.

The wall is ephemeral, but for us there will be a before and an after.

With all our gratitude to Mo i acció,  family and friends that they have given us their support and to the people who have spent a few seconds of your lives to think and make testament of your vital thoughts and wishes.

Organized by Marta, estudiant de criminologia – Glòria, aspirant a jardinera – Reyes, responsable de magatzem – Sònia L., bàrman – Rosa M., ballarina exòtica – Teresa, coach d’imatge – Lourdes, terapeuta – Àngels sense filtres – Sònia V., saltimbanqui – Elda, bruixeta – Rosa, general manager.

July 2, 2014

Launched at Stamford’s Artwalk, the “Before I Die” wall debuted in Kiwanis Park and at Ferguson Library during the last weekend of June 2014. A temporary installation, Stamford’s “Before I Die” wall invited people to reflect on their lives and share their personal aspirations in the public space.

June 22, 2014

This wall was set up during an event at Scandic Triangeln in Malmo, Sweden. During the event we discussed ideas, dreams, hereness. Guests of the event were asked to visit the wall to also reflect upon their own choices and priorities in life.

June 21, 2014

Before I die wall (“Enne oma elupäevade lõppu” in Estonian) was in Tartu’s culture quarter, on the edge of Uus Õu. From 11th until 20th of June the people of Tartu were invited to participate in an interactive art project “Before I Die” and share their hopes and dreams in public space.


June 20, 2014



We decided to start “Before I Die” campaign in our school in order to share what we learned and realized with our friends. Knowing that high school students have a lot of time to think about themselves, we wanted the students of HAFS to have opportunities to think about themselves through this campaign. By participating in the campaign, students will be able to think deeply about what they really want to do and the genuine values of their lives.

June 5, 2014

In hospice care situations, nurses and social workers often hear patients say “I wish I would have…” or “I thought I’d have more time to…”

At Blessing Hospice & Palliative Care, our team motto is to “Add life to days” for our patients—giving them opportunities to celebrate holidays and special occasions, encouraging family time and helping fulfill wishes. However, we would love to see fewer patients in the future who say “I wish I would have…” because they spent their healthier years doing all of those things on the proverbial “bucket list.”

The Quincy Before I Die Wall is sponsored by Blessing Hospice & Palliative Care this summer. We want our community members, and those just passing through Quincy, to visit the wall as many times as they want this summer to write down their own hopes, goals, dreams, etc. for the things they wish to do before they die. We are proud to encourage our community to think about the things they want to see and do,
nand to add as much life to their days as possible.

June 3, 2014

This wall was created to enagage the university community in a dialogue about our dreams, wishes, hopes and aspirations. Located in one of the main campus thoroughfares it became a focal point for debate, discussion, declaration and declamation. Every day brought new statements, comments and sometimes downright disagreement. It was funny, sad, rude ( occasionally crude ), never less than relevant and above all honest. It gave a space for opinions to be aired and viewed, reviewed and sometimes revised. It most importantly gave a louder voice to those in the campus community who wish to see civil partnership and equal rights for the LGBT community locally, nationally and internationally

When it left it was missed…………………..

May 30, 2014

Whether you call Wellfleet home or a vacation destination, this wall was built for everyone to share their dreams, stories, and aspirations along with fostering community and promoting public art. The installation coincides with an exhibition of Bonnie Siegler’s graphic design work, which includes the design of Candy Chang’s book, Before I Die, at farm project space + gallery in Wellfleet, MA. Built over two days and set up at the basketball court next to Mayo Beach, this location attracts people of all ages and origins.

May 28, 2014

Before I die I want to “help create a better São Paulo”.

Our Before I die wall is located within São Paulo’s first real pocket park – a location transformed from a private, underutilized parking lot entrance into a human-focused, meaningful place.  This park, Pracinha Oscar Freire, welcomes a more in-depth conversation about urban design and quality of life in cities in which the Before I die wall has been an invaluable conversation piece. The wall draws people in, encouraging visitors to engage with one another and those that have been there before.

May 22, 2014

This wall was built as a collaboration between the art department, the creative writing department, and the dean’s office of the Arts and Humanities Division at Austin Community College. The wall was created to foster a community with students, faculty and staff, and allow them to participate in a collaborative and creative process. The wall began its life at the ACC Rio Grande Campus (1218 West Avenue, Austin, TX) and currently resides at the ACC Cypress Creek Campus (1555 Cypress Creek Road, Cedar Park, TX).

The wall is photographed on a regular basis and is cleaned off when it gets full so it can continue to provide a positive creative outlet for the students of Austin Community College and the community surrounding it.

May 22, 2014

What do you want to do before you die?  This is the question that students in Kirby Veevers’ Aging & Long-Term Care and Palliative Care classes set out to explore this semester.

In March of 2014, the students  set up  The Wall in the Hofstra Health Dome to prompt passersby to stop and think about their life’s goals and to address the taboo of end of life creatively. The responses are often touching; some are surprising and funny: “Change someone’s life.”  “Make my mother proud.”  “Visit all 50 states with a best friend.”  “Have Ryan Gosling’s baby.” “Cure Autism.”

May 22, 2014

As a project during an internship, this wall was realized for Hamburg, Schanzenstrasse. Based in an area which is known for political demonstrations and a growing a shopping zone as well as a hang out place, attracting a wide range of different people.For four weeks, this wall was cleaned serveral times. Within two days the whole surface was already filled out with variations of thoughts, a range from simple sentences and small wishes to long impressive and complex descriptions.

Many people stopped by for a chat when someone of us cleaned the wall, some people even offered their help for a better reach of the huge wall’s endings. Nice little encounters evolved around the wall. Often children came by, asking what we were doing. When someone writes ugly things or just scrawls around, soon after, someone else is overwriting it, so there is a permanent transformation. Also the colours of the writings were changing. We put different colours of chalk by and by which lead the whole picture transform into different moods.

May 22, 2014

After watching the TED talk given by Candy Chang, the AVID 11 students at Healdsburg High School wanted to create a wall where students could post their dreams and aspirations. The AVID program is one that makes sure students are able to fulfill their dreams of attending college even if those dreams may seem out of reach, so the creation of the wall was a natural outcome of the determination of the students to reach for the stars. The students felt this wall would promote a sense of community and give other students a way to express their goals. It is located in the heart of the school, so students walk by it everyday. Students have expressed a desire to “be the first in my family to graduate from college”: “see a female president”; “help the polar bears”; and “see my sister walk.”

May 21, 2014

Our highschool got permission to make paintings on a building site fence at the boulevard in the center of Kralendijk on the Caribbean Island Bonaire.


This was the perfect oppurtunity to create a Before I die wall amongst other artworks.



At first people seemed a bit shy about sharing their thoughts in public, but after a week the wall was totaly filled, they even started writing around the blackboard area. Passing drivers wanting to read the comments sometimes cause a small traffic jam, but everybody seems to understand.


Most comments are about love…


May 21, 2014

We, international club of Cypress College, set up “before I die” walls in Cypress College (9200 Valley View St, Cypress, CA 90630). The wall is up from May 5 to May 22.

College students are busy studying and doing homework, and they often do not realize how fast time passes by.

We wanted those busy college students to stop for a moment and think what they want to do in their life. By setting up “before I die” walls, we wanted to give them an opportunity to think about it.

College students study hard to pass classes, and hopefully, get good grades. But why?? Why do you go to school? Why do you want to get good grades? Why do you want a degree? What do you want to do with your life after graduation?? What do you want to do before you die…??

May 13, 2014

After stumbling across the Before I Die website, a high school student decided to bring it into the heart of Boston. This wall was up in Harvard Square, a popular place to hang out that tends to attract more open-minded people. Only having the wall up for a weekend, it was filled up many times with wide varieties and thoughts. The creator of this will decided to build this because she thought it was important to have people in the community share with each other and reflect on their lives.

April 29, 2014

After daydreaming with a handful of friends over a game of Taboo, high school students Eva Rosenzweig and Rachel Joyner decided that Florida’s capital deserved its very own Before I Die wall. A opening party, on April 26, with speeches, food trucks, and good company welcomed the wall to Burnette park, a nice green-space on the newly refurbished Gaines Street. The wall will be open for all passersby to take part in collective dreaming for the foreseeable future, and may relocate in the coming months to get the whole Tallahassee community involved, spanning area codes and school zones. After much thought, the co-creators decided on writing “before I die I want to have a Ben & Jerry’s flavor named after me” and “before I die I want to become someone worth remembering.” Tallahasseeans took up chalk with excitement, writing everything from humorous bucket-list tid-bits to heartfelt declarations; students, from high school and the several local universities, wrote, dreamed, laughed and ate cupcakes at the opening party, and hopefully will for months, years to come. Keep updated with the Tally wall on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

April 26, 2014

We are 4 French girls and after seeing the wall in Prague during a trip there, we decided to create one in the city we currently live in: Cork in Ireland. The wall is located in Kyle Street, off North Main Street which is located in the city centre and sees a lot of people everyday. We spent a full day on Sunday April 20th painting the wall and after only 48 hours the wall was already full.

It amazes us how popular it is, and we enjoy reading all the contributions people are making.

April 26, 2014

April of 2014, the French Road Safety Associations (Association de Prévention Routière, APR) launches campaigns to reduce the frequency and seriousness of road accidents. The campaigns are specifically targeted at young people aged between 18 and 24 as road accidents are their first cause of death.

Thanks to this interactive “Before I die” idea, we wanted to raise awareness and succeed in touching young people by focusing on their dreams. We worked in collaboration with the artist, Candy Chang, who created the “Before I die” installation and who depended on the participation of the target audience. We firstly invited young people to complete an inspiring and universal sentence: Before I die, I want…on different supports (boards, social networks, and the AVANTDEMOURIR.COM website). One week later, we revealed the message of the campaign to them: “Every year, drink driving prevents millions of young people from fulfilling their dreams. Therefore, to ensure that you get home safely, make sure you choose a sober driver.”

April 26, 2014

Sobreurbana was invited to propose an artistic ocupation in a public area of the university district. This was the perfect opportunity to bring “Before I Die” to Goiânia. Just a few hours after the wall was ready, it was already filled with all kinds of thoughts and wishes.

April 26, 2014

Teens from The Contemporary Austin’s Teen Council and Young Artists education programs created and presented Candy Chang’s Before I Die… project at the SFC Farmers’ Market – Downtown.

Teen Council and Young Artists members first heard about Before I Die… months before the set up date. The students were inspired by other walls all around the world and were eager to know what others in their community would write on their board. Teen participants at The Contemporary helped prepare materials weeks before the project was set up, research the project, create the boards, and teach others about Before I Die… After an overwhelmingly positive response from the community, the students are inspired to continue to explore public art and create more projects in the future. This wall was set up on April 5, 2014, and closed on the same day, but not before receiving hundreds of responses.

Photos by Brian Fitzsimmons

April 23, 2014

Inspired by Candy Chang’s TED talk, this wall was created to help others understand the value of life. It started on Easter weekend a midst the large number of people that flocked to the city’s famous churches for the religious occasion in a predominantly Catholic country.

Carrying the boards from San Blas to Plaza Central I could hear “ahn-tes de mo-rir” spoken by those reading the words aloud. Led by curiosity, families, shopkeepers, even policemen came to take a look. By the time I finished setting up the boards on the wall a crowd had formed around me, some in deep thought and others eager to write and share their answers.

For the following weeks the boards were set up throughout the New and Old Towns of Quito. The result was the sight of hundreds of individuals frozen in thought, standing still even if just for a moment to stop and think about their lives.

April 7, 2014

“Before i die, i want to…” Was für ein herausfordernder Satz!

Genau richtig, um die Erlanger damit zu konfrontieren. Und los ging es! Wir organisierten uns eine große Wand und einen Kubus, der von vier Seiten beschriftbar war. Diese stellten wir zum einen in die katholische Hochschulgemeinde, in die Universitätsbibliothek und zum anderen an den Schlossgarten in Erlangen.

Wir waren begeistert von der enormen Ressonanz. Täglich (!) fotodokumentierten wir die Wände und wischten sie ab – nur um zwei Stunden später festzustellen, dass sie wieder komplett neu beschrieben waren. Mit Wünschen, mit Träumen und mit einigem, dass uns immer wieder zum Schmunzeln brachte.

Beendet wurde unsere Aktion am 08. April mit dem ökumenischen Semesteranfangsgottesdienst in der Neustädter Kirche. Dafür hatten wir die Wände abgebaut und in der Kirche neu angebracht. Außerdem befestigten wir auf jeder Bank lange Papierstreifen mit der Aufschrift “Before i die, i want to…”. Während des Gottesdienstes hatten die rund 400 Besucher noch einmal die Gelegenheit, diese spannende Frage für sich selbst zu beantworten. Für alle beteiligten war die Aktion ein spannendes Erlebnis! So tief wie mit dieser Frage, kann man einem Menschen wohl nicht in die Seele gucken.


“Before i die, i want to…” What a challenging sentence!

The catholic and protestant student communties have decided to create these walls. They have been located in the Pacelli-haus, the university library and in front of the “Schloss garden”. It was amazing for us, to see how many people have written their hopes, dreams and wishes on these walls – day by day. Every day, we took photos of the walls and cleaned them.

The project ended on the 8th of April.

As we are christian communities, we had the idea to organize a service with the topic “before i die…”. Therefore we brought the walls to the church. We attached long paper webs to the pews. During the service, the 400 visitors were invited to add their wishes to the walls and papers. It was such a great project and we have had so much fun and emotional moments by reading the wishes, hopes and even fears of people on these walls.



April 6, 2014

The “Before I Die” Wall at Scottsdale Community College was an initiative of the SCC Student Leadership Forum (student government) to honor Genocide Awareness Week events at the college from April 7-12, 2014. In collaboration with a Performing Arts Center carpenter, it was built with the help of a local refugee and painted by student members of SLF.
The project was created to engage students in discussions about issues such as genocide, human rights and freedom. Through the wall, the students had the opportunity to express their hopes and dreams as well as reflect on people who, as victims of genocide, did not have the same ability to hope and dream.
We usually do not take the time to think about the importance of freedom and the ability to dream of a better future. Using the Before I Die Wall, students can reflect on how to make the world a better place.

April 6, 2014

Seeking inspiration from local residents, Liverpool City Council created a dialogue about the communities dreams and aspirations for the revitalisation of the Liverpool city centre by asking residents to respond to “My Wish for Liverpool”. Feedback from residents compiled and photographed was used to inform Council of the community’s visions and desires for the area. “My Wish for Liverpool” was translated into Arabic and Vietnamese so as many people as possible participated and shared their visions.

The large scale temporary chalkboards were  installed in Macquarie Mall surrounded by cafes and shops. The project was launched on 1 April 2014 and will be reinstalled at various locations around Liverpool throughout the year to engage with local communities.

April 4, 2014

“Before I die I want to make Before I Die Wall in my place of living”

We are the EVS volunteers from the Polish Robert Schuman Foundation placed in Warsaw, currently living & working in Tkibuli, region Imereti of Georgia. First time when I have heard about superb Candy Chang’s project, it was exactly one year ago, during the accomplishment of my usual journalistic tasks, when, frankly speaking, I was seeking for a “scoop” ;). Then, fortunately I found information about “Before I Die”. Just after I wrote the article, I thought – “I want to be the next!”. A few months later I was flying to Georgia in order to take my volunteer’s responsibilities with my head full of ideas and projects, one of which was creating the first “Before I die” Wall in this small Caucasus country and adding it to the world-wide map of the project members. Now I can say – we did it! Although there were many problems on the path to success, starting from getting the appropriate tools and materials, the logistics, efficient promotion, up to finding the best way of encouraging the local community to participate actively in the project. Nevertheless, we are very pleased with the final results.

As we wanted to suit the locals’ needs but also try to stimulate English learning process in our community, we assured Tkibuli inhabitants had a chance to express their dreams in both – Georgian and English, thanks to the two-sided chalkboard. In addition we designed our Wall to be easily portable and mobile as our great plan is to send Tkibuli-made chalkboard on a spectacular journey through the all Georgians dreams, plans & fears. After two inaugural weeks in Tkibuli, we succeed in building the powerful community united around the project in Georgia. They are deeply engaged in developing it across the country – so, the next stop for the board is Gori!

This project wouldn’t come to life without the help of a few wonderful people, which are: Manana Alavidze, Gela, Zaza Gochelashvili, Val Maslo, Avtandil Bregadze, and Guram Beżanishvili. Thank you all!

March 25, 2014

The City of Bunbury Youth Advisory Council built and installed the Before I Die.. wall in Bunbury, Western Australia over the Summer holidays 2013/14.

The hope was that people in the community, from all walks of life, would contribute to the wall and by doing so would start to imagine their future.

The wall was displayed in the following places:

Paisely Square on Thursday 23rd January 2014

Freedom Fest at Australia Day on 26th January 2014

Bunbury Regional Art Galleries from 27th January – 11th February 2014

March 22, 2014

The Junior Enlisted Association(JEA) stationed at the Naval Hospital in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, wanted to create a place for the sailors living at the barracks to express their goals and dreams.  The wall went up on February 28, 2014 in the late evening and was covered to await it’s unveiling to the whole command the next morning. Over 50 members of the hospital staff, including the CO, XO, and CMC attended the enveiling of the wall. After a brief description from current JEA President, HN Sheila Bowerichardson, the material covering the wall dropped and everyone was invited to share their aspirations.

The Junior Enlisted Association(JEA) stationed at the Naval Hospital in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, wanted to create a place for the sailors living at the barracks to express their goals and dreams.  The wall went up on February 28, 2014 in the late evening and was covered to await it’s unveiling to the whole command the next morning. Over 50 members of the hospital staff, including the CO, XO, and CMC attended the enveiling of the wall. After a brief description from current JEA President, HN Sheila Bowerichardson, the material covering the wall dropped and everyone was invited to share their aspirations.

March 22, 2014

March 22, 2014

Kenting Spring Screen- music and arts festival holds in every April, every year attracted numerous of people who love music to join this activity. They come here to enjoy the music, seize the moment and live while they’re young! We are glad to find out this perfect event for this occasion. Giving us a good chance to let the traveler think about what they want and their dream before the life end. It’s never too late to start living without regrets…

墾丁春天音樂季即將於4月3日登場,每年到了這時候,總是吸引了無數好愛音樂的朋友。他們來此狂歡、縱情沙灘,他們把握當下,年輕不留白!配合這場熱情的嘉年華會,墾丁力麗哲園除了推有住房優惠迎賓外,更搭配「夢想之牆」,以「Before I die I want to…」為主題,讓旅客盡情塗鴉抒發己見,寫下在生命結束前最想要做什麼?將夢想告訴全世界。

「Before I die I want to…」字面上的意思,就是在生命結束之前,我想要做什麼?進一步去銓釋,也有著「把握當下」的意涵;墾丁力麗哲園推出這道「夢想之牆」,除了提供旅客發揮創意、盡情揮灑浪漫外,更是希望大家把握當下,把握當下感受音樂季的熱情、把握當下來墾丁關山看日落、把握當下與愛人漫步在沙灘,一切一切,就是希望大家珍惜每一分每一秒,不要有所遺憾,為自己譜出曼妙的生命樂章。

March 5, 2014

In the fall of 2013, Will Hinton, an art professor, approached Ashley Holland, a Community Director in one of the residence halls, and stated that he wanted to build a retention wall–not for a yard but for the students of Louisburg College. Ashley thought it a wonderful idea and the two began to move forward on the project. Will showed Ashley the TED talk video for “Before I die” and they decided to make their wall a two-part expression piece. On one side, students would be able to fill in the “Before I die, I want to: _______” information and on the other, there would be a pattern collage where students would be able to leave their mark with words of wisdom or a signature. This collaboration would not have been successful without the Faculty Fellows program at Louisburg College; a program that pairs on faculty member with one Community Director (Residence Life professional) for one residence hall.

February 21, 2014

It all started with a group of friends who meets weekly to talk, think about life issues and create urban interventions to make people reflect about their lives and society. The idea to bring the “Before I die” to Joinville came in one of those friends conversations and it took weeks until we could finally put it in action.

At the same time the Before-I-die space was ready, everyone started naturally to write and read people’s hopes, dreams and fears scrawled on the wall. By sharing themselves with newfound friends, thousands of people started to be connected with and then fulfilling the very purpose of connection by inspiration.

Nowadays it’s easy to get caught up in the day-to-day and forget what really matters to us, however the activity could enhance people’s hopes and dreams only by the simple action of sharing your motivation. Due to that, our goal was to have everyone to take a moment and reflect on the bigger picture of what truly matters.

For 5 days, the wall was displayed in Joinville downtown, quite close to the Ballet Bolshoi Academy and the City Theatre. Even in a short period of time, we collected many inspirations, impacted positively the city and, mainly, helped someone to achieve their dream.

One of the most magical and beautiful moments of bringing the before i die to Joinville was when we started to connect people. What was supposed to be just a funny moment between friends to bring reflection to the people of the city, turned into another awesome thing: People that were totally strangers to each other started to get connected with just one single goal: help people to achieve their dreams. In one of the days of interaction with the wall, a lady decided to share her desire of learning how to photograph, hours later a professor of photography came along the wall and read her desire, at the same time the teacher started a campaign on social medias to find the person who wanted to learn how to photograph. The woman was located by the teacher, starting a connection.

Perhaps, the best part of “before i die Joinville” was connecting people and making them stop their busy day-to-day life and reflect about life issues, reflect about the city, and especially to understand and live a meaningful and fulfilling life today, because one day we will all die.

Another thing quite cool was the coverage that a local TV program made about our project: http://g1.globo.com/.../joinvilenses-participam…/2953253/

February 20, 2014

After decades constantly lived as a crossway of different cultures and creative movements, the hairstyle brand ContestaRockHair decided to embrace the ‘Before I Die’ initiative to create a unique opportunity of an interaction with the public of its 11 salons in the world through an installation of contemporary art. The first ContestaRockHair panels have been created in Rome, at the ContestaRockHair salon in Pigneto, in 2012. Today, after the wonderful experiences in the salons of Rome, Florence (Italy) and New York City, new ‘Before I Die’ boards are displayed inside the salons of Miami (Florida, USA) and Shanghai (China), where they will be exposed until the end of 2014.

February 17, 2014

Nanogram | Studio is a collaborative of young architectural designers who met in graduate school, remaining friends long after. We are makers and have a vested interest in changing the face of Phoenix urbanistically. The downtown area of Phoenix is beset with vacant lots, lying unused while developers patiently await an upturned economy. In the Fall of 2012, Nanogram won a grant from the Roosevelt Row CDC to re-activate one such lot and create a flexible activity space for mobile vending, outdoor movies, and gallery space for local artists. This elevated recreational area dubbed ‘PARtK|PARK’ is constructed of salvaged wood pallets, synthetic grass donated by local indoor soccer fields, and a sole shipping container. The ‘Before I Die Wall’ is hopefully the first of many successful art installations to rotate through the open air gallery. The location is 813. N. 1st St. Phoenix, AZ 85004.  Opening Date: 2.7.2014.

February 4, 2014

The thought of turning thirty and not having done a lot that I had hoped to accomplish was scary. I was dwelling on the fact that I was getting older rather than focusing on how much I had to look forward to by still having time to achieve my dreams. After seeing Candy Chang’s video I decided that creating a local Before I die wall would be the best way to celebrate the new decade of my life. With the help of family, friends, and my local community, I was able to start the wall on my birthday and have everyone gather to sign it.

January 25, 2014

January is a month of new beginnings.

Many of the Canada Games Centre’s members and guests are motivated by their new years resolutions. We wanted to keep that motivation going by making our visitors reflect on the question:  “What’s on your bucket list?”.

We were met with some pretty inspiring answers.

Not only do our members and guests want to be their best self before they die, many want to travel, be grandparents, make a difference, and even meet Superman!

We at the Centre are fortunate to be surrounded by dreamers and go-getters from all walks of life. We hope that you, like us, find inspiration from their dream goals.

January 21, 2014

The students at Goal Academy wanted to create a piece of public artwork along our community Greenway, a walking path that follows a small stream down the center of our town.  The Greenway is a very public place with many joggers, bicyclers, and walkers enjoying the children’s parks and open green spaces.  Many community members have planted trees in memory of people who have passed away.  They are all marked with stones that say, “In memory of…”  Our students thought that it would be fitting to honor the memories of these people by offering a place of reflection about living.  At first the wall was vandalized and used for graffiti.  As word spread, people started to use it for its intended purpose, a hopeful place of sharing our dreams.

January 12, 2014

Longtime friends Charles Talen and Euric Fuselier teamed up to bring this world recognized art installation to the heart of downtown Lake Charles for the Arts and Humanities Council of Southwest Louisiana’s annual Gallery Promenade. The wall is located on the west side of 505 Bazaar at 314 Broad Street. They hope to keep the wall up for as long as the community continues to enjoy sharing their dreams on it.

January 12, 2014

Es un proyecto que invita a quienes participan a reflexionar y compartir sus deseos, anhelos y esperanzas en un espacio público.

Si supieras el día de tu muerte, ¿que harías antes de ese día?

En la rutina de lo cotidiano es fácil perder de vista el hecho de que todos nosotros y sin excepción, algún día no estaremos aquí.

Quisimos crear este espacio de expresión, para ofrecer la oportunidad a los participantes de tomarse un momento, meditar, escribir y compartir con otros.

Recuerda vivir cada día como si fuese el último, seguramente algún día vas a estar en lo cierto.

December 11, 2013

This wall was born on December 7th  2013 in Monterrey, NL. México, in a community called Nuevo Sur. We launched this wall during a Christmas celebration.

In Nuevo Sur we are creating a new way of living in this big city, a space that people love to visit to have an amazing time. We are building homes not houses. We are setting the stage for a place where people can enjoy the open air and relax in a secure environment.

We put a Before I Die wall at Nuevo Sur because people love to have the chance to express themselves and be inspired. This wall is open for the entire community of Monterey.


Av. Revolución 2703 Col. Ladrillera Monterrey, NL. México

December 5, 2013

On November 16, 2013 “TEDxYouth@Tehran” installed two “Before I Die” boards in English and Farsi at ICAS centre of culture, arts and architecture in Enghelab, Tehran, Iran. TEDxYouth@Tehran 2013 was part of the TEDxYouth initiative by TED on and around the time of Universal Children’s Day. Serving the event’s central premise: “every young person is the captain of their destiny and the master of their life”, the walls created a vivacious engagement between attendees to share their wishes with the community. The walls have been taken down at the end of the event on the same day.

November 29, 2013


Candy’s Ted Talk inspired us immediately. Susan B. did the artwork in the back room of our Rutland Area Food Coop. We chose the Downtown Harvest Fair for our unveiling, on a chilly day in October, then quickly moved to a sunnier location, our Saturday Farmers Market.  For the last month our Wall has stood opposite the Student Lounge at our Community College  of Vermont campus.  Soon we’re hoping to move it to our grand indoor Farmer’s Market, where it will spend the winter. We’re glad we decided early on to make our wall portable, so that it can move with the seasons and be appreciated and used by many.

November 27, 2013

“We all have two lives. The second one starts when we realize that we only have one.” – Tom Hiddleston

Ten students from San Jose State University came together to build a better community on campus. This is their story.

November 27, 2013

As part of the “PopUp Providence” initiative, the Providence Redevelopment Agency and Department of Planning and Development installed two “Before I Die” boards in Kennedy Plaza and at Grant’s Block in downtown Providence. Serving as a forum for passers-by to share their “bucket-list” wishes with the community, the walls have created a vibrant atmosphere of civic engagement. The walls will remain in these two locations until December 31, 2013, when they will be taken down for the winter months. In March 2014, the walls will reappear in different locations.

November 27, 2013

This wall, located outside the Greater Waterbury YMCA, was erected on November 17th 2013. The project was started by Mark Albini in hopes to get people take a minute out of their busy lives to stop and think. Think not about what is next but instead think about what is in front of them and what is important to them. The hope is that this wall will give the people of Waterbury a voice that they did not have previously.

November 22, 2013

The wall was set by architectural studio cachè atelie in Plovdiv for the biggest festival in the city – “Night of Museums and Galleries”. It became the central event for the festival and for three days collected dreams and wishes of more than 2000 people.

November 20, 2013

November 16, 2013

The wall is located in Cambridge, Idaho, 100 miles north of Boise. You can find our wall on Main Street (Highway 95), in between Loveland’s General Store (35 N. Superior Street, aka “Main Street”) and Franklin Electric Co. (25 Superior Street).

The junior high school English classes (7th and 8th grade) built the wall after school in early November 2013. Students were inspired by Candy Chang’s “Before I Die” video; if it wasn’t for her project, we never would have had the idea to make our own wall. Students wanted to see what others in the community wanted to do in life before they die. The wall is more about life than death.

November 13, 2013

This wall was organized by two students, Lindsey Findley and Sean O’Donnell on the University of Wyoming college campus in Laramie. This project was assembled for their Functions of Storytelling class as their final project to create a community story and displayed in the student Union for the student traffic to see.  After learning in class about the Before I Die.. wall in New Orleans, the students felt compelled to create such personal stories from every student and staff member at the University that allowed them to express their thoughts without being judged. With such an overwhelming turnout of participation, Findley and O’Donnell are finding themselves wiping off the board at least twice a day and enjoying what people have to say. They are hoping to keep this project alive on the University campus or in the community after the 2 weeks of being displayed in the student Union is up.

November 6, 2013

This wall was built in Añorga (Donostia-San Sebastián, Basque Country) as a part of the ZIKLOBIA circuit within OLATU TALKA 2013 festival. The Olatu Talka is an event that started in 2010 and has been celebrated each year to support the candidature of Donostia-San Sebastián as EUROPEAN CAPITAL OF CULTURE 2016. The festival promotes innovative and participatory cultural expressions along the city during a complete weekend.



Horma hau Añorgan (Donostia) egin zen ZIKLOBIA zirkuiturako eraikitakoa da, 2013ko OLATU TALKAren baitan. Olatu Talka ekimena 2010ean abiatu zen Donostia 2016ko Europako Kultur Hiriburu izateko hautagaitza bultzatzeko. Jaialdiak kultur adierazpen berritzaile eta parte-hartzaileak sustatzen ditu hirian zehar asteburu oso batez.

Horma hau 2013ko maiatzaren 26an jaio eta hil zen.

(Irene Elorzak eta Eneko Aseginolazak egin zuten, maitasunez)

November 5, 2013

Jim Gallucci Sculptor and Deep Roots Cooperative came together to create and host the “Before I Die” wall in downtown Greensboro, NC. The wall is located at 600 N. Eugene Street.


October 29, 2013

ณ ใจกลางศูนย์การค้าเซ็นทรัลเวิ

ลด์ ห้างชื่อดังที่สุดห้างหนึ่งในกรุงเทพฯ
nประเทศไทย กำแพง before I die จำนวน 3 ชิ้น
nถูกสร้างขึ้นในงานมหกรรมที่ชื่อว่า before I die พร้อมก่อนตาย
nซึ่งเป็นส่วนหนึ่งของงานประชุม APHC จัดในวันที่ 11- 12 ตุลาคม 2013
nในงานมหกรรมยังมีนิทรรศการและเวทีเสวนาจากพระไพศาล วิสาโล
nพระผู้เป็นที่เคารพของประชาชนจำนวนมากในประเทศไทย นักคิด นักเขียนชื่อดัง
nตลอดจนผู้ป่วย ผู้คนมากกว่า 1300 คน เข้าร่วมงาน เติมแต่งกำแพง
nเป็นครั้งแรกที่ความตายถูกพูดถึงในที่สาธารณะ จัดโดยเครือข่ายพุทธิกา
nและและสมาคมบริบาลผู้ป่วยระยะท้ายRight at one of the most popular mall in Bangkok. 3 Pieces of Before I
ndie wall are built at center of Central World Plaza. They are a part
nof exhibition and public talk for learning death and dying “Before I
ndie: Ready before dying”. The exhibition is organized by Buddhika
nnetwork and Thai palliative care society and organized in parallel
nwith Asia Pacific Hospice and Palliative care conference 2013 (APHC
n2013) at 11 – 12 October 2013. There are 3 public talks from
nPhrapaisal Visalo, respectful monk, 2 popular writers, 3 cancer
npatients who can deal well with illness. There are 1,300 people visit
nthe exhibition and share thing their want to do before they die. It’s
na first time that we could talk about death in public space especially
nin the shopping centre.


October 28, 2013

ACUITY Insurance and Aurora Health Care teamed up with individuals and businesses throughout the Sheboygan County community to raise money for the creation of a palliative care program.  This program will ensure that those diagnosed with a life-altering illness have access to consultative services that focus on easing both physical and emotional pain.

During the planning process for the Bucket List Bash, event organizers were committed to emphasizing not the potentially terminal path which these diagnoses often lead, but instead on living life to the fullest.  This wall became the centerpiece of that event.

The wall still stands in the ACUITY Corporate Headquarters and items are added often.  It is a constant reminder to us all that every moment matters.

October 28, 2013

The ladies of Cravens Hall built this wall to bring students together through goals and dreams.

October 25, 2013

I’d been wanting to create a Before I Die wall for a long time, but had been waiting for the perfect time and place to get it going. I’m actually not sure how I found out about the project, but since then, I knew I needed to make one at some point in my life.

I finally found the perfect spot in the middle of Das Viertel. It’s located in the Bluecherstrasse, between Sielwall and Osterdeich, right on down from Bert & Ernie.

October 22, 2013

Located at 200 S. Geddes, Syracuse, NY.  (Corner of W. Fayette St. and S. Geddes St.)

Open now, 24/7 as long as there is chalk or till The Gear Factory gets new windows!

Chalk is currently in little plant holders sitting on the sidewalk along the wall and everyone is welcome to write on the wall!

There is also parking available across W. Fayette St. from the building.

The Gear Factory https://www.facebook.com/TheGearFactory was inspired to build this 171 foot long Before I Die wall for people to publicly share their aspirations with the world.

Here’s the magic, a thought is just a thought, but there’s something special that happens when you get that thought out of your head and write it down.  Once you do that, hold on because it might actually happen quicker than you think!!

Nothing is impossible as long as you’re willing to work towards it.  Whatever you would like to do before you die _____________.  Just do at least one little tiny thing to get there every day, that someday may quickly become today.

Way, way, way, before I die………………….

I want to help make the best of what’s already around us.  I want to live in a City that’s so alive with so many interesting people, places, and things going on around me that I’ll be so inspired that I won’t be able to help myself from going out and doing something!!  That place for me is The City of Syracuse, the Near West Side of Syracuse, and The Gear Factory, they’re all doing good and getting better every day!

Rick Destito, Owner/Operator of The Gear Factory

More specifically, this wall went into labor on Monday the 21st of October at 6:32pm and was born 7-1/2 hours later at 2:02am.

October 19, 2013

Наш город – один из промышленных центров Урала. Становление Перми связано со старейшим предприятием города – Мотовилихинским заводом. Завод производит пушки и другую военную технику с 1763 года. Его богатая история бережно хранится музеем Пермской артиллерии. На площадке музея под открытым небом собраны образцы техники, которую когда-либо производил завод.

Узнав о проекте, мы сразу решили принять в нём участие. Идея разместить стену среди смертоносного оружия может показаться пугающей, поэтому мы отказались от дословного перевода фразы “Before I die I want”. Мы предложили людям подумать не о смерти, а о жизни и продолжить фразу “Пока живу, хочу успеть…”.

Мы верим: наша стена поможет мечтам однажды сбыться!

Perm is known as an industrial area and we have many plants and
nfactories here. One of them is called Motovilikha plant. The plant has
nbeen producing cannons and other artillery stuff since 1763. Its rich
nhistory is being solicitously saved by the special museum – Perm
nArtillery Museum. It is an open-air museum where the artillery that
nMotovilikha has ever produced is exposed.

Once we’ve come across this project we decided that our
nmuseum must take part in it. Though the idea to put the wall among
ndeadly weapons may look too dramatic and even scary, we think that
nit’s a right place to think of hopes and dreams.

nbelieve that this wall will help all the dreams come true one day.

October 16, 2013

Wall News: Featured by D.I.V.E. at New York University


On May 1st, a young man known in our Prospect Heights, Brooklyn neighborhood as a nice kid was gunned down on the block where we grew up, outside of a barbershop he frequented on Washington Avenue and St Johns Place. He was shot in the head and torso at 763 Washington Ave., near St. John’s Place, about 9:51 p.m. He was taken to Methodist Hospital and pronounced dead. I was in the barbershop on that night of the shooting. The barber gave me a shave, while the young man swept and took the days trash out. Moments later, three guns shots rang out from behind the door. Frozen in my seat, I sat, and turned slowly recognizing the young man gunned down, lying across the threshold of the door he just crossed over. I managed to get up, to kneel at his head, before his last moments. I said “…take it easy brother… don’t struggle… they will be here soon… just don’t struggle.” I didn’t know this young man personally, and in his fatal moment I didn’t realize I was inferring to his angels.

I grew-up in Prospect Heights, before this neighborhood was dubbed its present name. I have been equal to challenges and learned how to live here, as well as prospered, from obstacles I have overcome. I needed to engage members of my community to think about what they want in this life, what they were up to, and what was important to each of them, and to all of us.  Using the “build your own” wall guide provided by Candy Chang and the Civic Center, I was inspired to remix, and construct my own stencil titled “Before I Die I Will…”.

To link the physical wall to this digital space, I embedded a QR-Code [quick response code], which leads to discovering how our mobile devices can serve to build digital global participation by the construction of personal “Before I Die…” responses.  Linking the creative activity was a two-fold process, one begins by building the physical wall, collecting and organizing photos, which is then followed by the process of a digital interface, where code creation, a photo-bucket, and links generate the information flow and give meanings that rise from the content. I used the QR-code at the physical installation as well to preserve the graffiti that I moved — with permission, for posterity onto *this website. 

Street art is also impermanent by design. Often cleaned off by the local authorities, building owners, or other artist. I photographed the artist work before, during, and after its removal. I then designed and stenciled a trackable QR-code in a Mandala symbol in the exact location that will access this gallery of images that includes the original art work. My background in photographic practice was an important reference in the realization that the meaning of these works would be marked by the modes of their access and presentation. For the wall to exist in the virtual realm, mobile devices and pedestrian interaction are the modes of real-time retrieval and also the means of ongoing experience. In this way a mobile device with a QR-Code reader can be used to continue to scan, share images of the original street art, and respond to this project — and because the code will remain active for a year, pedestrians may also use it to travel back in time.


Photography by  Noël Gaskin  |  Derrel Meade | Starling Rush | Minh Nguyen

Special Thanks To… Mike @ Park Delicatessen | Ace Copy & Print  | Visual Aids 

October 16, 2013

At Union Chapel, we did a four week Before I Die series in the fall of 2013 that engaged our community with this important question. We had sixteen Before I Die walls posted around Muncie and also had portable walls that attached to our trailers  so they could be transported to large events such as football tailgates and farmers markets. In addition to the walls, we had four weeks of “not your average church services” that included everything from the story of a teenager with a terminal disease to a professional sword swallower. This series was a huge success as hundreds of new people came to our weekend services and all ages thought about what they wanted to accomplish with their life.

October 7, 2013

I’ve had several people inquire why I wanted to bring the Before I Die project to Lexington. The answer is quite simple. I have been searching for a project to get involved with for some time and I knew that when I found it, I would immediately know. I recently had an emotional conversation with my sister about her need to confront our father before he dies. I said to her, “Well, If you’re going to do it, you better do it before he dies.”
Ironically, while having lunch the next day I happened upon Candy Chang’s Before I Die project. It hit me like a brick. I knew it was the project I had been waiting for! I am captivated by the thoughts and dreams of anonymous people. I was touched by Candy’s story and amazed by the project she created. Reading what would normally be very personal and private thoughts written anonymously in public was moving and inspiring. I believe at some point in life we consider what we’d like to do before we die. I have a bucket list, as I’m sure many of you do. For some, having to face our own mortality, the bucket list becomes very real. Having had my own battle with breast cancer, I came face to face with it quickly.
I’m eager to display Lexington’s wall! I hope that everyone will take a moment to visit so that you can write down your hopes, your dreams and your thoughts. It’s a simple and beautiful way to come together as a community. I plan to share my own hopes and dreams and I’m even going to write one for my sister.  This is truly everyone’s art project.

This wall is located in front of the old Spalding’s Bakery at the corner of 6th Street and North Limestone.   This wall was born on October 5, 2013 and I plan to remove the wall on November 5, 2013.

October 1, 2013

Amakusa is a city created through a merger of ten towns located on a group of islands in far southwestern Japan. One of those towns is Kawaura, where this wall took place. Kawaura, like the other villages of Amakusa, is a rapidly depopulating town with a  large elderly population. “I imagined this Before I Die wall would have a serious tone to it, the end feeling so much more immediate, both for the residents and the town,” said Zachary Johnson, who organized the building of this wall. “Instead, the wall was taken up by nearby elementary school students and occasionally students from the middle and high schools. Although the children come from an isolated, struggling place, their dreams were filled with the humor, warmth, and excitement one would expect from children anywhere. Local residents were excited to see the dreams of young people, and children rushed to the wall after school to think up more.”

September 30, 2013

The  SIU Carbondale wall was built to highlight the beautiful changes that are occurring on our campus.  Faner Breezway used to be a dismal passage between point A and point B, with few ever paying much attention to it.  Now as it transforms into a beautiful plaza the space and the experiences people have in the space are changing.  As well start to take notice of this transformed plaza, the wall is there to jump start the awareness of this shared space, and foster a collective conversion for those who pass through.

Created by Student Involvement and Leadership Development, Dean of Students, LGBTQ Resource Center, and Residence Hall Association

September 17, 2013

This wall is created by the Mass Communication students of INTI International University, Nilai, Malaysia. It all started off with a simple video in TED by Candy Chang in the video her words were inspiring and her purpose was simple. Thus, we decided to place our very own blackboard in the campus, in hopes of providing the students, lecturers and staff of the university a common meaning of “Before I Die”. Currently the 4 plank blackboard measuring 2.5 m (height) x 5 m (width) is filled with 400  beautiful statements and aspirations of the students and staffs of the university. Being able to witness such overwhelming support and encouragement, the Mass Communication students are on their way in expansion of the blackboard.

A Facebook page has been set up to document the entire journey of Before I Die INTI International University, Nilai, Malaysia.

September 17, 2013

Before I Die seemed a great way for the Newtown Community Centre and Wellington Timebank to encourage Newtowners to get involved with their community as a whole and interact with the individuals within it.  The wall was put up on the corner of Wilson and Riddiford Streets and as soon as the paint dried first submissions went up.   The response was incredible with the wall filling up within a couple days and amazing community enthusiasm and support. Even when some tagging and questionable contributions occurred, community editing led to some beautiful combined creations.  The wall is washed about once a week to allow for a fresh start and the response from the whole community has been incredible.

“I think it’s easy for people to go though their day to day life without engaging with the world around them. We want people to stop for a moment and think about what is important to them.” says Hannah, Coordinator of the Wellington Timebank.

September 12, 2013

This wall was made possible through the love and support of Mayor John Engen, Melanie Brock, Ginny Merriam, Anne Guest, Matthew Schmidt, Marilynn Riggs, Kyle Riggs, Melissa Hayes, Bruce Haroldson, Mike Nielsen, Kelly Rosenleaf, Fran Albrecht, Juliette Olejnik, Caitlyn Altemus, Julia Altemus and Syann Stevens.

September 12, 2013

September 10, 2013

Projects in Contemporary Art (PICA) is an art class at Riverdale Country School in NYC that explores the potential of contemporary art to engage a high school community. PICA re-created Candy Chang’s piece and then turned it into a 14-monitor video installation titled “VioLense,” which explored the relationship between media screens and gun violence in America. The piece presented statistics, images, words, and video loops of gun law news footage, the video game Black Ops, an explosion, and scenes from an FBI gun lab.  Relevant goals were added to the wall, like “Before I die I want to save a life,” and “I want to see peace.”

September 10, 2013

September 9, 2013


To Lawrence Community Connections and Merrimack College’s Community Engagement Program, Before I Die is not just a chalkboard wall, but a civic engagement initiative. Studies have demonstrated that low-income communities like Lawrence can develop low levels of social trust due to the competitive dynamics created by the scarcity of resources. The capacity to empathize may well be the basis on which trust depends.

In an attempt to emphasize the democratic ideals of equality, social justice and concern for others, we decided to install a bilingual Before I Die wall at the heart of downtown Lawrence. In addition, we will be launching a series of community dialogues called Chalk Talks. Basing our conversations on the recoccuring themes written our Before I Die wall, we will be critically analyzing statements, and we aim to increase the wellbeing of our community through the fosterng of social reciprocity and cooperation.

This wall will be remain up until November on 18 Broadway. You can also check us out at: lawrencecommunityconnection.tumblr.com


September 9, 2013

We created a Before I Die wall as part of a pop-up park project called s-PARK that took place in Calgary, Alberta, Canada this summer.

September 5, 2013

nProjects in Contemporary Art (PICA) is an art class at Riverdale Country School in NYC that explores the potential of contemporary art to engage a high school community. PICA re-created Candy Chang’s piece and then turned it into a 14-monitor video installation titled “VioLense,” which explored the relationship between media screens and gun violence in America. The piece presents statistics, images, words, and video loops of gun law news footage, the video game Black Ops, an explosion, and scenes from an FBI gun lab.  Relevant goals were added, like “Before I die I want to save a life,” and “I want to see peace.”


September 4, 2013

September 4, 2013

Bringing the Before I Die wall to Columbia, SC became artist and author Karl L. Larsen’s mission after he stumbled upon it and realized it’s power to inspire so many people. With the help of One Columbia for Arts and History and Mark Plessinger, owner of Frame of Mind and organizer of the monthly First Thursdays on Main artfest, Columbia’s wall became a reality.

With the assistance of Agape Senior (owners of the site) and Mashburn Construction, One Columbia affixed a series of temporary walls along 60 feet of construction fencing on the 1600 block of Main Street in Columbia, SC.  Columbia’s Before I Die Wall was unveiled Thursday, September 5 at 2 pm at a press conference hosted by Mayor Steve Benjamin, the City of Columbia, and One Columbia for Arts and History.

The Mayor and press conference attendees were encouraged to post the first dreams. That same evening, visitors to First Thursdays on Main were invited to be among the first to participate. Visitors and supporters can share their responses by using the hashtags #beforeidie and #columbiasc. The wall will remain on Main Street until October 3.

August 30, 2013

This wall was housed on the east side of Craft Alliance‘s Delmar Loop building and was installed as a collaboration between CA and the St. Louis Mural Project. It was unveiled on Saturday August 31, 2013 to coincide with the Delmar Loop’s Third Annual Sidewalk Chalk Art Festival.


August 30, 2013

In anticipation of Craft Alliance’s 50th Anniversary in 2014, the organization is proud to renew its commitment to programming that builds a bridge between itself and the greater St. Louis community. In that vein, Craft Alliance is excited to bring artist Candy Chang’s Before I Die to life. Local artist Robert Fishbone, along with other members of the St. Louis Mural Project, will be installing the project on the east side of Craft Alliance’s Delmar Loop building. Craft Alliance hopes that this mural will become a destination within itself and the organization plans to document its changing messages.  The public unveiling is scheduled to coincide with the Third Annual Sidewalk Chalk Art Festival in the Delmar Loop, but will remain up for the foreseeable future.

August 28, 2013

Deze levensmuur is een onderdeel van Levenswens.nl. Levenswens.nl is een initiatief van De Laatste Eer in Drachten. Deze website is een bijzondere online plek, waar je alles kunt verzamelen wat jij belangrijk vindt en niet wilt vergeten. Niet eenmalig, maar continu, tijdens elke fase van je leven, op elk gewenst moment van de dag en vanaf elke mogelijke locatie. Een belangrijk online document voor nu, tijdens je leven, maar zeker ook voor later, bij je afscheid… Zodat je nabestaanden weten wat jij wilt. Al je wensen, gegevens, teksten, foto’ s, filmpjes, muziek en andere bestanden. Het wordt overzichtelijk en gegarandeerd veilig opgeslagen. Om mensen bekend te maken met deze mooie digitale plek, heeft Levenswens.nl deze levensmuur geplaatst. De muur is te vinden aan de stationsweg in Drachten, tegenover het oude busstation en de appartementen en het winkelcomplex ‘ Noorderpoort’.

Een inspirerende plek… Die door vandalen werd beklad. De graffiti kunstenaars van Aerosol geven de wand weer de uitstraling die ze verdient door hún levenswensen met Drachten te delen.


August 26, 2013

This is the fourth “Before I Die” wall in China! It is built by several high school students and some of their families in a city named Kunming. The local media reported this wall as the “dream wall.” Because the volunteers didn’t have the access to buy the wall-building packet online, they drew and made every letter by hand! It’s a wall truly supported by love and hope from young people. This wall is ten-meter long, and it’s divided into two parts: Chinese and English. Surprisingly, It was completely filled up in one day with Chinese, English, Spanish, Thai and Korean! The unfortunate thing is that this wall was took off by the government just one day after truly became a special view in the city, which represents dreams and hope. The government took it off, even though the volunteers did get the permission before. The main reason is that a huge environmental protest against the local PX program was just suppressed by the government recently. Government had a pretty strict censorship due to the fear of speeches and information against this harmful program. But anyway it was still a huge success and it had expressed the original spirit and idea of this wall, which is to tell people never forget their dreams and what is cherish in their lives!

I hope China will have more people to stand out and fight for the justice and freedom for the country. As a developing country with huge population and the potential to make magnificent contribution to the world, Chinese people need to be guided by hope and dreams so the good changes can happen! The protest in Kunming against a financially beneficial but environmentally harmful program is a good start for China. People entitle the rights to say no. Please support this wall! Support the right of freedom that every human being should own!



August 22, 2013

August 21, 2013

Located in the North Loop of Minneapolis, the wall graces the exterior of Colonial Warehouse at 212 3rd Avenue North. It is a collaboration between Cassidy Turley, The Bainey Group, and Martin Patrick 3.

August 19, 2013

Inspired by ‘Before I Die’s philosophy of reflection and dreaming big, we at Yon Lòt Ayiti (Another Haiti) were motivated to share this wonderful exercise and experience with our community.  These walls were inaugurated at the First Annual Children’s Art Contest on 8/2/2013 where the drawing theme was “My vision for a future Haiti”.  It’s second exhibition was at the temporary Alelouya Chop Kouti Tailor Shop on 8/3/2013.  And its current residence is at the NEWLY REBUILT Alelouya Chop Kouti Tailor Shop and Community Center!  Stay tuned for more updates as we intend to share “ANVAN’M MOURI” with the rest of Haiti!  Follow us for updates here: www.bit.ly/yonlotayiti

August 19, 2013

This wall was organized by the team of TEDxBirmingham and built by Birmingham volunteers.  The project was funded through Kickstarter with the support of over 50 backers.

The wall is on the side of the Wood Wade building, a 1932 brick building that has previously housed a lumber mill, automobile warehouse, and HVAC distributor. In the fall of 2013, the building will be renovated into a brewery and taproom for local brewer Beer Engineers. It is located at the corner of 1st Avenue South and 14th Street South in the midtown revitalization district, directly across 14th Street from the new Regions Field, home of the minor league Birmingham Barons.

All 135 spaces on the wall were filled within 24 hours of the wall going up.  Within a week, all the free space had been filled in and written over several times. The wall garnered lots of media attention within Birmingham, being written up in AL.com several times, and featured on ABC 33/40, FOX 6 and CBS 42 news.

August 14, 2013

This portable wall made in Winston-Salem/Forsyth County, North Carolina is unique because it is a 24′ wall and travels to various events & venues since we built it in May 2012.

August 14, 2013

After hearing Candy Chang speak during a panel discussion in Philadelphia, Whitney was inspired and determined to bring the Before I Die project to Columbus, Ohio. With sponsorship support from the Franklinton Arts District, and a LOT of construction help from Mitchell, the Columbus wall was born!

The wall debuted on August 6, 2013 at the Franklinton National Night Out event at Avondale Elementary. The wall’s next stop is Urban Scrawl, an annual 2-day festival taking place on August 17-18, 2013. Each year the festival features the live creation of murals by Columbus artists, as well as performances by musicians, DJs and breakdancers.

For more updates on the project as it travel throughout Columbus, follow @BeforeIDieCbus, on Instagram & Twitter #beforeIDieCbus.

August 14, 2013

The wall was created as an interactive art installation for our community.  It is located on 11th and Adams, in the heart of downtown Brownsville.

August 13, 2013

My name is Samantha Nelson, and for the whole summer I have thought about the different things Id like to do with my life. After still being confused, I started to watch TED videos again. They not only motivated me but they showed me its okay to be different in your thoughts.  I came across Candy Chang’s Talk and it blew my mind. After visiting her website I noticed that limited walls existed in the Caribbean. I also thought about the different students like myself who are lost in this world. The idea of the Before I Die wall at the time seem simple and relevant, to give them a voice. Even if it might not happen , expressing it helps a bit. After the wall was finished and the responses came in, I smiled. All they needed was a chalk and a board it seems.

To. D.M

August 7, 2013

July 20, 2013

The Chapel Allerton, Leeds wall was organised by MICA (Meetings in Chapel Allerton). MICA is a group set up to find interesting and exciting ways to connect with the community and encourage them to reflect on their lives and where they are heading. MICA also set up talks which take place once a month where we welcome inspiring speakers to talk about various areas of personal development.

The wall went live at Seven Arts, 31A Harrogate Road, Leeds on Saturday 6th July and will run for at least four weeks.


July 19, 2013

This is a story about a group of young people associated with Artefakt Cafe in Krakow, who decided to transfer this wonderful project by Candy Chang to a local area.


Our work came to its final on 1st July 2013. We created the Walls in a spot located within Krakow’s old Jewish quarter called Kazimierz – once forced to become an empty ghost town, now revived and filled with cafes, music clubs and art galleries.

This particular project is extremely important to us. We believe that its meaningfulness and power come from every man’s longing to improve and develop. The very first words we wrote on our wall were: “Before I die, I want to organize the Dzieje Sie! Festival” In fact, this project is its starting point: we are about to run our own festival, originally dedicated to all kinds of people’s artistic and creative activity – Dzieje Sie! (It’s On!).

During the “Dzieje Się! 2013 – Sztuka wychodzi z ram” (“It’s On! 2013 – Art comes out of the frame” festival), we will affirm the creative aspect of human life. We invite you, people from all over the world, to share your inventive energy with us. Whether you make art, music, literature, theatre/drama, design, craft, film or anything else that involves your amazing creativity – come and see, discuss and share it with us. The festival will be held in Krakow, Poland, from 2nd to 8th September 2013.

Candy Chang, we are thankful for this wonderful project and the opportunity to implement it in our city.

Before I die, I want to feel that It’s really On!

July 18, 2013

The wall was created within the open-air art festival “Kladenske dvorky/Kladno Yards” which started back in 1983 as an independent cultural event in the times of relentless communism. “Before I die…” wall became one of the highlights of the 31st year.

July 18, 2013

Before I Die Singapore is a public platform that encourages people to ponder about their lives, hopes & dreams. We hope to give everyone in Singapore an opportunity to recap forgotten dreams and restore hopes. By sharing thoughts in public platform, we hope everyone helps everyone to be their better selves.

The wall we have built is unique, profound and it reflects our community. We hope the wall has created some fun while giving the respondents and onlookers a chance to know a little more about themselves & our community.

July 11, 2013

Our Wall was located in Barrio Escalante, San José. Costa Rica and was part of satisFACTORY (v. 0.1);  a domestic initiative aimed at implementing a itinerant fair process in the homelike environment of a house and at the same time encourage the production and consumption of art and design in Costa Rica.

July 10, 2013

July 2, 2013

On Monday July, 1, 2013, the city of White Plains installed the public art project, “Before I Die…,” in Renaissance plaza on Main Street. Our goal was to engage the community in a highly visible way and to bring people together, including those who work, shop and visit White Plains as well as those who live here. As we see the wall filled up, day to day, and as we read the shared themes written after the brief statement “Before I die I want to…” we feel linked to each other, recognizing that we have a lot more in common than not.

Check out our recent press,http://westchester.news12.com/news/before-i-die-wall-at-renaissance-plaza-invites-public-to-share-personal-aspirations-1.5660905


July 2, 2013

June 29, 2013

This wall was organized and constructed by Jordan Edwards and is located in the Eastern Market District in Downtown Detroit. The market sees up to 40,000 people every weekend and offers one of the most authentic urban experiences in the United States. The wall provides a public place for visitors of the Market to not only connect but also express themselves in a manner that may not be conventionally available. The wall is specifically located at the north-east corner of Wilkins and Riopelle

June 27, 2013

June 27, 2013

Early morning on 17th June we installed three ones here.

“I wish it was this place. I think to Kievo-Pecherska Lavra (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kiev_Pechersk_Lavra), especially to this part of it – the monastery, non-tourist, people come in particularly when the despair came.. So, to think one more time – what i still want to do in my life, and to see what the other people want.. and go home to continue living and to manage this. I thought it is good idea.
nFor me personally this place has a special meaning. And if i can do someting what stop someone (whom does not have the other person to care) in such moment, i want to do this.”

June 27, 2013

YOUR GOOD MOURNING is a not-for-profit organisation set up to help those facing or going through bereavement. We support and raise funds for six UK based bereavement-related charities and have a quirky charity fundraising shop based in Sheffield. We are the first social venture of it’s kind and have big plans to help break down the taboos of talking about death, dying and bereavement and want to bring communities together again – akin to the wartime spirit!

On a fairly sunny weekend in mid May, the team of  YOUR GOOD MOURNING  set up a “Before I Die…” wall in aid of DYING MATTERS national awareness week run by the Dying Matters coalition. We put up a small chalk board in the shop but felt we also wanted to engage more people; so we launched Sheffield’s very first community chalk wall at The Riverside in their hugely popular beer garden located alongside the River Don, in the heart of Sheffield’s real ale circuit in Kelham Island.

We weren’t  just talking about death, we were chalking about it!

Lots of people put down their beer and picked up some chalk and wrote what they wanted to do before they die… We found even though it was done in a light-hearted manner,  it gave an opportunity for people in our community to think about death and what is important to them.

It was a great project that was originally planned for the weekend (hence our title the weekend of death) but it ended up running for 6 weeks…People of all ages were  sharing their thoughts and wishes and enjoying reading all the comments and phrases. We are so proud to have initiated Sheffield’s first chalk wall and want to to keep it alive throughout the city and the surrounding area. So we have decided to take our “Before I die…” wall boards on tour! We will keep updating this site, our website and facebook page with tour dates, latest photos and comments.

Our next venue is planned to be held in August (TBC) at The Plough pub – in the delightful parish of Bradfield, Sheffield – we will also hold a balloon release to celebrate and remember those “Loved today, yesterday and forever more”

Please do get in touch if you wish to be involved or have any ideas to help us grow – We’d love to hear from you. Call in for a cuppa and a chat at: Your Good Mourning Shop – 358 South Road, Walkley, Sheffield, South Yorkshire, UK.

June 27, 2013

Nada más ver el vídeo de Candy Chang de TED pensé, esto hay que hacerlo en Zaragoza. Me había propuesto Olivier Vilain organizar una proyección de vídeos cortos para la Noche en Blanco de la ciudad. La titulamos “Hacia una ciudad más humana”. Podíamos poner el vídeo de Candy al final de la proyección y luego ir a escribir a las pizarras, enlazando las dos acciones. Le encantó la idea. Se lo propuso al ayuntamiento y les entusiasmó. Nos cedieron un solar buenísimo, al lado de la plaza del Pilar, y allí las brigadas del ayuntamiento montaron todas las pizarras.

Fue una de las experiencias más bonitas que he vivido. Eramos todos uno. Todos escribíamos en las pizarras. En un mundo que va tan rápido y en el que parece que no tenemos tiempo de parar a reflexionar y a escucharnos, crear cosas así hizo que por un momento todo se parara.

Esta acción fue para la Noche en Blanco, el 22 de junio. Pero las pizarras siguen. Y el proyecto también. Nuestra idea es continuar haciendo más pizarras por toda la ciudad.

Mi querida amiga Eva del Ruste escribió un post sobre aquel día. Aquí lo puedes leer.

Y aquí , en el minuto 41, puedes escuchar una entrevista en el programa de radio “En hora buena”.

Fotos de: Daniel Marco,  Eva del Ruste, Olivier Vilain, Paloma Sainz.

June 27, 2013

This wall was created by nurses who work for palliative and end of life care. We wanted to make an opportunity for people in our community to think about death and what is important to them. It was installed on the local market in Anjo, Japan. Many hopes, dreams and smiles were shared.

June 27, 2013

Im Rahmen des LESEN!-Festivals wurde mit Unterstützung der Stadt Fürth diese Tafel erstmals in Franken aufgestellt. Wir, drei Studenten aus der Region, haben uns diesem Projekt angenommen. Einer der ersten schönen Momente, die wir mit dieser Tafel verbinden, ist folgender:
nAls gerade mal ein Teil der Tafel aufgebaut war, konnten wir mit Freude schon die ersten Personen beobachten, die sich neugierig der Tafel näherten. Es war ein kleines Mädchen, das zuerst ihre Mutter um Erlaubnis bat und dann mit größter Sorgfalt schrieb: „…die Welt bereisen.“ Am nächsten Tag war die Tafel bereits vollgeschrieben. Am übernächsten wieder. Ein Auszug der festgehaltenen Lebensziele der Fürther Passanten findet sich hier.
nWir haben uns über die positive Aufnahme der Tafel sehr gefreut und hoffen, dass wir dadurch ein paar Menschen dazu bewegen konnte sich ihrer Träume und Wünsche wieder bewusst zu werden und vielleicht auch Antrieb zu finden etwas zur Erfüllung dieser zu tun.

This wall has been mounted during the LESEN!-Festival with kind support by the city of Fuerth. We are three students who decided to adapt the BID-project for their region. One of our best moments we associate with this wall was, when we saw the first persons to approach the wall while it was not even completely mounted. It was a small child asking her mum for permission to write something on the wall. So she wrote “…I want to travel the world”. The next day the wall was inscribed over and over. The day after the next day again. You can find a selection of the passersby’s life aims here.
nWe are very happy about the positive respond and we hope that we were able to remind some people of their dreams and wishes. And maybe someone even felt the impulse to do something for achieving these.

June 13, 2013

The wall has been made for Coventry Mysteries Week Festival by Taylor John’s House. It is located at the Canal Basin.

June 9, 2013

This wall was created as a public art project by the Maine Center of Creativity’s community art task force.

The wall is located on Commercial Street, on Portland’s waterfront.

June 5, 2013

This wall is located on Schouwburgplein, a beautiful square in the city center of Rotterdam, The Netherlands! Inhabitant of the city, Sera Yeramian, started this project in cooperation with students from the Construction school at Zadkine and with support from the municipality of Rotterdam.

June 4, 2013

Après la découverte de l’oeuvre Before I Die de Candy Chang via son Ted Talks, nous, étudiants de deuxième année de Géographie, avons pris l’initiative de créer notre propre mur au sein de l’Université d’Avignon. S’inscrivant dans ce que nous étudions, notamment avec la mondialisation et la citoyenneté mondiale, nous avons voulu offrir un espace d’expression citoyen à tous les étudiants de l’Université et réaliser une action de communication. Appuyés et soutenus par Gaïa, l’association des étudiants géographes, nous avons crée ce projet citoyen, culturel et vecteur d’un nouveau mode d’expression entièrement à la main. Le succès a été tel que nous avons dû effacer le mur dès la fin de la première matinée pour que d’autres personnes puissent écrire leurs souhaits. Le soir de cette même journée, le mur était encore rempli. Aujourd’hui nous effaçons le mur tous les deux à trois jours, et il est aussi tôt recouvert de nouveaux vœux.

After the discovery of the work Before I Die by Candy Chang through her Ted Talks, we, students of the second year of Geography, took the initiative to create our own wall within the University of Avignon. Joining what we study, in particular with the globalization and the world citizenship, we wanted to offer a public-spirited space of expression to all the students of the University and to realize a communication action. Supported by Gaia,  the association of the students geographers, we created  this public-spirited, cultural and vector project of a new mode of expression completely ourself. The success was such as we had to erase the wall from the end of the first morning so that other persons can write their wishes. The evening of the same day, the Wall was still full. Today we remove the wall every two or three days, and it is also covered with new wishes.

June 2, 2013

The “Bevor ich sterbe möchte ich” wall will start 08th June til 03rd August 2013. It stands in Rosenheimer Str. 61, 83043 Bad Aibling. Opening will be 08th June 2 pm in front of the wall.

The artproject “befor I die” is embeded in more actions and talks about life and death, whith the header “Leben und Tod sind EINS”  (life and dead are ONE) It is a cooperation of Volkshochschule Bad Aibling, Jakobus-Hospizverein, Stadtbücherei Bad Aibling, Mut & Courage Bad Aibling e.V.

The wall itself was made possible by Andi D. and Roland Marks, the team from the Fachklinik Alpenland (an addiction treatment center).

Irene Durukan was so fond of Candy Changs project, that she went to find allies to make this project possible in Bad Aibling. She is the club chairwomen of Mut & Courage Bad Aibling e.V. This club sponsored the Bad Aibling wall lately.

Irene Durukan: “We look so much forward to open the wall for public, and are very curious what will happen. Dying is one thing, which is part of everybodies life. Across all races, genders and cultures. When we deal with this determination, we might lose the fear of dying. Ask us rather the question of satisfaction with one’s life. Here and now.  Here comes Candy Chang with Befor I die. This one question, might make us start to look for answers. Answers which fill our life with satisfaction and joy.”





May 30, 2013

The Bucket Project is a community engagement project based in Liverpool, UK. We are based at the Marie Curie Cancer Care Hospice in Woolton, and our aim is to encourage people to talk about death and dying in a healthy way. We are trying to break down the taboos of talking about death, and to make people aware of the vast array of options there are for planning for a good death.

Dying Matters week is a national awareness week run by the Dying Matters coalition, so as part of our events we launched Liverpool’s very first community chalk wall. Located in the beautiful India Buildings on Water Street, right in the heart of the city centre, we worked with Liverpool Commercial District BID to make it happen.

We launched the wall on 13th May 2013 and it almost completely filled up on the first day. Our very creative Project Manager improvised as we weren’t able to put up a real chalk board, so we used a long roll of black paper and replaced the paper each time it got full.

Our wall closed on Monday 3rd June 2013, and we are so proud to have initiated Liverpool’s first chalk wall that we are looking at new ways to keep it alive throughout the city.

May 28, 2013

Kathryn Carey and Kristen Vetter wanted to find a way to further inspire and interact with the Baltimore community. Upon receiving a community service grant from the Maryland Institute College of Art, the two began to work with the Downtown Partnership. They designed and installed a triangular Before I Die wall in the Hopkins Plaza in downtown Baltimore.

May 24, 2013

The South Portland High School Senior class has been recording their aspirations, hopes and dreams for their future.  This project has given our students time to pause and reflect….something most of us don’t seem to have time to do.  Here is what our Class of 2013 had to say.

May 24, 2013

May 22, 2013

On 7 and 8 March took place another edition of El Mercadillo Bazar in the city of Mexico, which is a traveling exhibition of art and design that seeks to publicize the new proposals for creatives and designers, at the same time creating a meeting place where young people can find various activities related to contemporary art.

This is why it was decided to provide a space where the audience could realize their greatest desires and wishes before dying and share them with the world.

Within the two days around 3,000 people shared their biggest dreams translating them with the objective of creating a promise that requires them to comply.

May 22, 2013

May 22, 2013

May 21, 2013

This wall was created for the Youth Generation Expo in Farwaniya, Kuwait just outside of Kuwait City.

May 21, 2013

Projekt “Before I die” w polskiej wersji “Zanim umrę…” powstał w ramach projektu Wolne Muzeum Sztuk Ulicznych realizowanego przez Stowarzyszenie Tkalnia i Centrum Kultury Dziecka w Zgierzu.

Projekt jest współfinansowany przez Akademię Orange.

Dzieci ze Świetlicy Środowiskowej “Przystań” należały do grupy “Instalacje”. Pomysł “Before I die” od razu ich zachwycił. Temat śmierci, jeden z najtrudniejszych do podejmowania na co dzień, wydał im się bardzo interesujący i wart głębszego przemyślenia. Stał się punktem wyjścia do rozmowy o tym, co jest ważne w życiu, o czym, marzyć i ja te marzenia realizować, a także jak przeżyć życie, aby było szczęśliwe.

The “Before I Die” project in the Polish version called “Zanim umrę…” was prepared as a part of the Free Museum of Street Art project coordinated by the Association of Weaving and Cultural Center for Children in Zgierz, Poland. The project was co-financed by the Orange Academy.

Children from the community center “Marina” belonged to the Group of “Installations”. The idea of ​​”Before I die” immediately captivated them. Topic of death is one of the most difficult to discuss but kids found it interesting and worth thinking more deeply. It has become the starting point for discussions about what is important in life, what to dream about, how to realize those dreams and what to do to have satisfying life.


May 17, 2013

Created BY LAHS students FOR LAHS students as a place to dream, reflect, and share.

At Los Alamitos High School, located in Los Alamitos, California, we offer Thanatology as an English department elective.  The course is devoted to the study of all things surrounding death – religious views, philosophical ideas, and legal issues.   Teaching this course is never easy; the high school seniors who take the class are highly motivated to challenge the ideas, preconceptions, and cultural views of death.

In March 2013, we viewed Candy Chang’s TED Talk about the Before I Die Wall; their interest was instantly peaked.   Debating and discussing suddenly transformed into a community effort among all students.  These high school students saw the wall as an opportunity to fill a need at Los Al – the need for quiet reflection and honest expression.  The initial problem was finding the perfect place on campus for the giant chalk board.  We staked out several outdoor walls; however, we could not come to a consensus about where this wall belonged.   The answer soon became obvious; we decided as a team to put it in our Thanatology classroom.   Having the board indoors would protect against weather and immature underclassmen who didn’t understand the purpose behind this idea.  As a class, the Thanatology students pulled money together to purchase the supplies for the wall and others donated their time to paint it.

Eventually, our own Before I Die Wall was born and inaugurated into use on May 15, 2013.   The ability to write on the wall was an amazing and freeing experience for all students.    As word of the wall spread across campus,  students began to pour into the classroom to add their thoughts and reflect on those left by others; the classroom is constantly awash with students stopping in to read, write, and reflect.   We are planning to take pictures of the wall once it is absolutely full, clean it up, and start again. We will post the picture of the old wall around the room so students wont forget the hopes and dreams they once shared.  The point of this wall is not to make kids ponder their own demise; however,  it is a way for students to express themselves in a positive and completely anonymous way.

Students can see that they aren’t alone in their dreams, desires, faults, and regrets.   The positive things shared  have become a beacon of hope for those who need it, but are too afraid to admit it.  Sharing what should be done before death is an encouragement to others to make the most of their life.

May 15, 2013

It all started when our class was given a journal topic that asked us to think about our personal bucket lists.  This assignment prompted us to view Candy’s TED talk and ultimately inspired us to do the Before I Die project.  We decided it would be a great idea to build a wall on our own high school campus.  After weeks of hard work the wall came to life on May 7’th.  The wall will be up until the end of the school year for all to enjoy.

May 13, 2013

The courtyard of the American Corner in Pécs, Hungary hosts a BID wall during the 2nd Zsolnay Festival in the unparalleled Zsolnay Cultural Quarter from May 16 through May 20. The Pecs board has been crafted by students from Babits High and their English teacher Darren Bohrer (USA). The Corner supports initiatives and projects which bridge the people of Hungary and of the United States.

The first set of photos are from its presence in Széchenyi square(the main square of Pécs) from June 7 through June 12th.

May 10, 2013

This wall was made for Revelry Music and Arts Festival at University of Wisconsin-Madison. The festival is the first annual end of the year concert celebration for the students.

May 9, 2013

This wall was build at 214 W. 21 St. in Kansas City.



May 8, 2013

This wall was made as part of the creator’s master’s degree thesis. It is located in the Arts district in downtown Canton, Ohio. It is on the South wall og George’s Lounge, 229 Cleveland Ave NW  Canton, OH 44702. The project opened May 3, 2013 and will stay open until fall 2013.

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May 6, 2013

Inspired by Candy Chang’s TED talk, West Lafayette and Lafayette each installed Before I Die simultaneously in order to capture the aspirations of our community members. The wall is located at Rubia Flower Market, 224 E State Street

May 2, 2013

We are Jose and Dany, we have been friends for 10 years now, and we work together at Peter and Dany´s restaurant in Puerto Aventuras, a community near Playa del Carmen, in Quintana Roo..

We talked about how cool it would be to set our own Wall, the problema was that we didin´t have the space and we lived a 1000 miles away from each other. Long story short, when Dany came back to Puerto Aventuras, thought of what better place than the beautiful caribbean sea, at this wonderful location in this extraordinary community!


Jose came along to help, and after several studies on “the where”, finally decided that in the corner of “Restaurant Latitude 20°” and “caleta xel-ha Street” would be the perfect set up.


It is the best way of giving back to this wonderful community, everyone goes always crazy about the “home feeling” tht this restaurant represents, we do cooking clases every week to rarise money for the school in the community, the kids from the community school perform at the restaurant almost every friday to raise money for the music department, and we love being part of this social movement.


So we think this is the perfect opportunity for the people in this community to appreciate life and set priorities on what´s more important in it!


May 2, 2013

One morning a member of our team told us a story about how she saw a “Before I die” Wall. She told us how she thought that it was pretty interesting and all the feelings that that wall had made her feel.  The wall had made her wonder about all the things she wanted to do before dying; for her the answer seemed pretty easy but one she had the chalk on her hand, there wasn´t enough board so that  all that she wanted to write could fit. There were so many things that crossed her mind, from the thing that she thought since she was a little girl, up to the new ideas, dreams and wishes that she had today. Writing them down made her feel all of those wishes so strong that since that day she change the way she saw life.

The wall was a good opportunity to focus all of her energy to accomplish all of those things that she wanted to do, it was also an opportunity to change the way she used to live. Now, she asked herself every morning if I die tomorrow, did I do everything I wanted to do before I die? Was I happy like I said I was going to be before dying?

By telling this story we can explain why we decided to share all of those feelings with more people; our work place was a great opportunity to do it. We stride towards being a roof for hope, encouragement, empowerment and joy.

We work in a company where our mission is to create more and better jobs for our community and we believe in making a difference for those who we can employ; we have now created over 1100 jobs for Mexico. We dream of a community with more opportunities for development.

Here at Vangtel, we work every day for the means of creating better life opportunities for others. For our dream, we became an agent for development in our community. We do not see a random group of people in a building just coming to work; we see a group of people trying to push forward towards the dreams they have.  Despite age, ethnic group, sexual preferences, cultural background, people are built upon spirit. We are what we dream. We are what push us through.

We saw a before I die wall and decided it was the perfect statement of what we work for and possibly a good reminder on how big life is and what our greater picture looks like for every one of us.

And the results? Well we were pretty amazed to see the response of the employees. At the beginning they were curious about the wall, and we could tell they were pretty shy about sharing their fears and wishes. Some of them even expressed that they didn’t want to think about death. But day by day the space left on the wall grew smaller and smaller until we had to add more space to it.. Most of the people wish to see their kids grow up or be happy and better, some of them wish for cars or to be successful, but all of them have dreams.  We feel very happy because we had the opportunity to help them remember what makes them go day by day. Before we die.

May 2, 2013

We are fine art students studying at the University of Wolverhampton.  After seeing Candy Chang’s original wall in New Orleans we knew we had to bring the ‘Before I die…’ wall to our city of Wolverhampton.  Giving our community a voice, to share their hopes and dreams, and remember what is really important.   We found the perfect canvas of 172 ft of hoarding around a row of shops in Victoria Street in the heart of the city  which had been closed for several years.  We approached the local council who welcomed the idea and we were soon setting up our very own wall.  The wall opened on 11th June 2012 and closed on 16th June 2012.  After the wall closed we were lucky enough to be able to seal the city’s hopes and dreams in, and is currently (as of May 2013) still standing for passers by to read.  An amazing community project which received nothing but positive comments.  Thank you Candy Chang!!!

May 1, 2013

As Fulbright Scholars in Mexico, we feel fortunate to have been presented with the opportunity to share our culture, language, point of view, and passions with the Mexican community.  Through engaging with people of all ages and diverse backgrounds in public spaces—conversing about everything from education and politics to friendships and love—we have learned a great deal about Mexico in its true form by understanding what is most important to its citizens.

From its inception, the Fulbright Program has fostered bilateral relationships in which other countries and governments work with the U.S. to set joint priorities and shape the program to meet shared needs. The world has been transformed in ensuing decades, but the fundamental principles of international partnership and mutual understanding remain at the core of its mission.

To continue to teach ourselves and share the tools needed to create a world where we understand the culture of others is a passion of ours that has swelled with each step we take to achieve our vision of eliminating cultural barriers.  As members of the human race we differ in backgrounds, circumstances, and/or beliefs, but we all share a world where our potential can only be fully reached when we begin to understand one another.

May 1, 2013

May 1, 2013

After decades  constantly lived as a crossway of different cultures and environments and thanks to its global outlook, ContestaRockHair decided to embrace the initiative  to create the opportunity of an interaction with the public through an installation of contemporary art. The first panels were created in Rome Pigneto and now the project moved to ContestaRockHair salon in New York City West Village.

April 30, 2013

Candy Chang’s TED talk inspired me to bring a Before I Die Wall to my college, Anhui   University of Architecture. And I shared this idea with my partners of Compassion and Kind Fraternity. Together, we  created a wall of our own, which was made up of five boards.The wall was located in front of the school canteens. Lots of students joined the activity, and the wall was full of various ideas within half of the day.

April 30, 2013

April 30, 2013

Burlingame High School’s Campus Reflection Board was created with the goal of allowing students to take a moment to reflect on their lives as they walked to class. The board had two simple instruction: Be Honest. Be Respectful. While there was reason to be concerned over giving 1,300 high schoolers too much “creative freedom,” we were surprised to see the true creativity, positivity, and honesty in the responses.

We posted three topics over the course of the year:
nIn my lifetime I want to…
nIf I knew I couldn’t fail I would…
nIf I could be anywhere right now I would be…

The first “In my lifetime” board filled up in one afternoon. It became an instant success and quickly gained the campus’ support.

Here are some of the things we learned from the project:

1) The board created a buzz
nStudents care about what their friends and classmates have to say — seeing other students write out their goals, hopes, and dreams created a positive buzz and influenced many of the conversations on campus.

2) The board encouraged honesty
nWe were surprised to see how much thought went into some responses. It seemed that our students have a lot to say, but have never been asked to share before. Giving them an outlet to share their thoughts opened up new doors and conversations around school.

3) The board fostered a positive community
nThe Campus Reflection board was treated with respect and was admired and cared for by the students. Once a few positive responses were written, almost all of the students to follow used the model of writing thoughtful, positive responses. We had originally thought that we would have to “police” the board for inappropriate statements and graffiti. As the project grew, though, the board took on a life and community of it’s own as other students watched over the board — our students became invested in the project, and they cleaned up the fallen chalk, monitored responses on their own, erased immature ones and commented on positive ones, truly caring for what their classmates had to say.

As a student leadership organization, we often struggle to create events and projects that students will want to be a part of. It was inspiring and enlightening to learn from the Campus Reflection board that, in order to get students to want to participate in a project, we must give them a reason to care. Make the project about the students — it seems simple but we often overlook the value of our students’ input. We care about what we create, so build spirit and pride in the school by letting students be a part of the creative process.

Let people create their own community, and in turn they will contribute to it, care for it and help it grow.

We hope this new Campus Reflection tradition will continue at BHS, and the spirit of a unified community will become ingrained in the culture of the school.

April 30, 2013

I was lucky enough to be introduced to the ‘Before I Die’ project by my brother last year and couldn’t miss the opportunity to organize it in my own University building at Nottingham Trent University. Though it was only up for a week, the success of it was completely overwhelming. The Art & Design department have loved sharing their hopes and dreams with each other this past week. The wall truly brought people together and we even managed to raise a little money for our Decorative Arts degree show during the wall’s closing party. We can’t wait to introduce the project to the rest of Nottingham!

Cherished from the 16th – 23rd April 2013

April 28, 2013

April 22, 2013

The Louisville version of the Before I Die project is about the interaction between people and art. It is about giving everyone in the community a voice. It is about sharing our dreams and possibilities. The first location was the temporary Speed Art Museum’s office space in NuLu. 815 East Main Street. We thought that beginning with this space was the perfect opportunity to start a dialogue with the city of Louisville. In addition to the NuLu location, another mobile wall was created to move throughout the city.

April 17, 2013

This wall was made at Doane College in Nyrop Hall in the Perry Campus Center at the School of Arts and Sciences in Crete. The wall was unveiled Nov. 13. It will stay in place the remainder of the fall semester, giving all members of the Doane community an opportunity to participate.

April 17, 2013

April 15, 2013

Ever since I found out about the Before I Die corporation I have wanted to creat a wall. When I was assigned a community service project for my health class, I put my dream into action. My goal for the wall is to help people set goals and express themselves. I hope that people will use this wall to take the first step in accomplishing their goals.

April 15, 2013

This wall was part of Settler’s Day, Oro Valley’s spring festival, which was located at the Steam Pump Ranch Historic Site.  Settler’s Day was a family event highlighting Southern Arizona’s early settlers. Hundreds of visitors enjoyed guest speakers, music and entertainment, wagon rides and tours of the ranch property.

April 15, 2013

Kuona Trust is an organization that hosts about 40 artists studios and run various projects for the benefit of the arts.


After passing Candy’s TED video around the office the artists became fascinated by two things a) how simple and moving her project is and b) how easy it would be to imitate it in their own context.



The trust holds an open day in December where they built a wall as part of their public art mandate.


April 11, 2013

Erica and Ellie wanted to bring this wall to Winchester in order to get people thinking about “what they want to do before they die”. Collectively the two believe that by writing something down there is a greater chance of a person accomplishing it.

The wall can be found on the Downtown Walking Mall in the alley way between the Braddock St. parking garage and the mall itself. As of right now the length of time for the wall to remain up is undetermined.

April 10, 2013

We made the wall within a week, from buying wood, to spray painting the stencils. It was up in November last year and taken down a week after, because strong wind prevented it from standing right. While reading the words written on it, we felt like we could communicate with the people who wrote it.  Happiness comes from the realization that ‘small is beautiful’. The words written on the Hope Wall were not big ones but small and simple ones. Sharing hopes and dreams in this public space made us look around and take care of our neighbors.

April 10, 2013

In the midst of academia, emphasis on personal success often leads students to become overly preoccupied with temporary concerns. Perceptively remote matters, such as death, tend to be pushed aside, leading to an unhealthy lack of discourse when the idea of loss becomes a reality. Because this wall’s existence is during a stressful period for students, our goal is to have everyone take a moment and reflect on the bigger picture of what truly matters. We hope this will create a stronger sense of community by providing a positive place for everyone to channel their anxiety. To all students and denizens of New York City, please join us from Tuesday, April 23rd to Monday, April 29th on Butler Plaza (area between the lawn and Butler Library at West 115th Street between Broadway and Amsterdam Avenue).

April 9, 2013

In the equatorial heat of Singapore, students are rushing to attend the career fair, rushing to meet their deadlines, rushing, rushing and rushing through their lives, missing the big picture: Am I doing what I truly want to do at this moment in life?

To prompt the busy community to stop and think for a while, this wall was created.

It does not matter what you have written down on the wall, it is just a starting point – a starting point for you to pause and think and maybe start to live your life in a different way.

April 4, 2013

Downtown Lisbon is an old city in ruins (metaphorically speaking).

Lisbon is the capital and largest city in Portugal, and this Before I Die wall was installed on the side of an old warehouse in an area full of abandoned factories.  The area sits just outside bustling downtown Lisbon, where there are many shops and restaurants. People pass by the old factories on their way to work, or to visit the secondhand market that goes on every Sunday. Organizer Cristina reflects, “One woman would stop to write something new on the wall every day. She would come very early in the morning because she didn’t want anyone else to see what she had written. I thought it was lovely that she was so private about writing something so public.”

April 3, 2013

This wall is dedicated to Peter Lee and all the good folks in Roxbury, living or not, who lived lives devoted to community.

Dedicated to community and Peter Lee ’cause community is what he lived for.

April 3, 2013

The wall was created for Creative Week in Cape Town.

Cape Town city is known primarily for one main street: Long Street. Packed full of bars, night clubs, restaurants and the best milkshakes in the Southern hemisphere, it’s where you start.

As Long Street begins to run up the side of the mountain it becomes Kloof Street, the new town. The Before I Die wall is outside the Unknown Union shop.

April 2, 2013

After having seen the TED talk by the mother of the original wall, it seemed obvious that we should also try this method of making people reflect on their goals.

The population of Kézdivásárhely is just under 20 thousand people, so this is one of the walls set up in the smallest towns around the world.

The wall was born exactly a year after the passing of Steve Jobs, whose personal philosophy revolved much around the inspiring power of the closeness and reality of death and what one can achieve before it comes. We organized a little ceremony with music, poems and some short speeches keeping this philosophy in mind. A crowd of about fifty people attended, in spite of the extremely cold weather.

A few months after the wall was born in our town, some friends from Sepsiszentgyörgy contacted us whether we could help them also build a similar wall. We offered them to take our wall to their town, and give our wooden boards another chance. We really hope that ours can become the first travelling wall and that Sepsiszentgyörgy is not its final destination yet.

April 2, 2013

Tuve la intención de crear esta pared hace más de un año pero por causas de fuerza mayor no me fue posible. Después de ese tiempo la oportunidad se me presentó de una forma inesperada: Un amigo me dió la idea de presentarla en mi Colegio (Preparatoria Motolinía) y me autorizaron el permiso. Junto con mi excelente equipo de trabajo surgió la idea de presentarlo en varios puntos de la ciudad y obtuvimos los permisos correspondientes. La razón por la cual quise crear la pared es porque los Potosinos al igual que el resto de la población mundial, son trabajadores y gracias a eso dejan lo que en verdad nos hace feliz para después; eso está, en cierto modo, mal ya que no sabemos cuánto tiempo estaremos en esta Vida y hay que disfrutarla.

Quisiera agradecer a mis papás y abuelos, Homero De León, Obsidiana Rodríguez, Rogelio Martínez, y a todas las personas que hicieron posible este proyecto.

April 2, 2013

As soon as Brian watch Candy Chang’s TED talk he immediately emailed his soon to be business partner Carlee Wright and they both agreed with great excitement that they must build a wall for their home town of Salem, Oregon. They started talks with the city and with the help of Rich Duncan Construction and a successful Kickstarter campaign they built a 8′ 8′ cube wall located inside of the Rotary Pavilion at the Riverfront Park. The wall was an instant hit and the experience was better than anything Carlee and Brian could have ever imagined. Later in March Brian & Carlee brought their wall up to Portland, Oregon and set it up for the day during the TEDxPortlandCondordia event on March 23rd. Again the wall was an instant connection with all who saw it. It truly is a wonderfully magical project. Our loving thoughts and deepest thank you go to the incomparable Candy Chang. <3

March 29, 2013

The board was built specifically for the ‘Elephant in the Room’ stand at the ‘Over 50’s Show’ in the RDS, Dublin. ‘Elephant in the Room’ is an end of life planning website made up of a funeral planner (Jennifer Muldowney), a financial advisor (Joanne Smith) and a solicitor (Liam Keane). The objective was to get people to start thinking ahead and preplanning but death or end of life planning is such a grim subject.

Jennifer, as the funeral planner of the group (Farewell Funeral Planners) had come across the wonderful Candy Chang and her ‘Before I die’ project and thought it would be appropriate to replicate the idea is smaller format to get Irish Over 50’s thinking about  their life, their achievements, hopes for the future, dreams, and ultimate bucket list. Big advocates of the slogan ‘its never too late to start living’ the board encouraged visitors to reflect on what it is they would like to do before they died. The chosen favourites over the 3 days were “ride a triumph bike nude”, “have sex with Madonna”, “get married for the 10th time”, “fall in love” and lastly a 78 year old nun who wanted to “finish her degree”! The feedback was unanimous, there were queues to take the chalk, the board was very well received all round. What was sadly surprising was how many of the wishes were achievable but yet hadn’t been achieved yet.

March 29, 2013


It is very important that you only do what you love to do. You may be poor, you may go hungry, you may lose your car, you may have to move into a shabby place to live, but you will totally live. And at the end of your days you will bless your life because you have done what you came here to do. Otherwise, you will live your life as a prostitute, you will do things only for a reason, to please other people, and you will never have lived. And you will not have a pleasant death.

Elisabeth Kübler-Ross


Deben pasar cosas.

Podemos aspirar cada día a hacer algo por primera vez.

La vida no es el reverso de la muerte, sino la posibilidad que se nos presenta a cada instante para alcanzarla y recorrerla en paz, plenamente.

El semáforo de los sueños está roto. Sigue verde desde que llegamos hasta que nos mueren. No nos detiene.

Compartamos. Reivindiquemos. Arriesguemos. Arranquemos vida de la posibilidad.

Before I Die Las Palmas de Gran Canaria -calle Obispo Codina,  domingo 7 de abril, a partir de las 11 horas de la mañana en el marco de LPA Sunday Triana & Vegueta– es un espacio donde libérrimamente seremos capaces de imaginar el cuadro de nuestra vida a través de palabras sencillas dibujadas con tiza en una pizarra.

Soñemos al borde de un acantilado.

March 27, 2013

We thought it would be a great idea to get involved with the revitalization of Buffalo’s urban centers, and thought the Before I Die project would be a fun thing to do.

Once we located a building on Buffalo’s West side and planned to put it up in the spring.  Though before the date we set to put it up arrived, a friend of ours asked if we could put it on a different building that was slated for demo on Buffalo’s East side.  That is the building in the pictures and where the wall now resides.  The building’s demo was also recently blocked by the preservation board.  Success!


After a few weeks, the wall was taken down and moved over to the West side building.


March 26, 2013

Niagara Casinos, located in Niagara Falls, Canada, joined the Before I Die global art initiative with 2 walls, one at each of our casinos.  The walls, born on March 15, are viewed as an opportunity for our staff to share, make connections and remember what is important to them.  Both walls were filled within 2 days with the inspiring, funny, and heartwarming hopes and dreams of our associates.

March 21, 2013

This Before I Die Wall was created to celebrate Artbeat 2013 – Arts in the Streets- a two week celebration of the Arts in Columbus, Georgia . The wall opens up a community dialogue that touches on the hopes and dreams of individuals as they strive towards their goals. As a military town, a college town, and a town with a rich history in the arts, we hope that the Before I Die Wall will bring different perspectives and dialog about life in our community.

Two walls were constructed, one painted on the walls of the now vacant Bradley Theater on Broadway, and the other built in Dinglewood Park in Midtown; both locations are surrounded by diverse neighborhoods and historic sites

The walls are important to Artbeat’s goals and what we hope to achieve in our arts community, there needs to be a dialogue with the public on what they want. They deserve access, and the ability to participate in creating this shared future- in essence we are saying “Before I Die, I want to bring Art to the people.”


March 19, 2013

Located on the campus of Fresno Pacific University, in Alumni Plaza outside the bookstore.

I chose to build this wall as my senior collegiate project. I have lost multiple loved ones during my years as a college student. Candy Chang’s original project has inspired me to bring this wall to my peers and colleagues, giving them the opportunity to communicate their hopes and dreams.


March 15, 2013

This wall was the collaborative creation of the AP Language students of Arroyo Valley High School.  It contains the goals, hopes, dreams, and desires of our student body.  This wall represents what we want to accomplish in the future and shows how we are the same as people across the globe.

March 15, 2013

March 12, 2013

Este pizarrón esta afuera de Food Garden Tijuana sobre la calle y es nuestro esfuerzo por crear un espacio de reflexión en Tijuana. La dirección es Blvd Sanchez Taboada 10650 Zona Rio en Tijuana, BC Mexico

March 12, 2013

In the light of a targeted incident of insensitivity on campus, that polarized segments of student body population at Washington University in St. Louis, members Connect 4 and RARA sought to restore solidarity and a sense of community through a public art piece, inspired by Candy Chang’s New Orleans project “Before I Die.”

While discussing the events that took place among themselves, roommates and subsequently members of Connect 4 and RARA, wondered of a way to use art and activism to create meaningful dialogue across the entire campus. One student mentioned and explained Candy Chang’s community project in New Orleans titled, “Before I Die.” It was from the initial prompt and after watching her TED talk that they decided to create a similar art project on campus, tailored toward our own community. They began brainstorming prompts that would spark dialogue, while also bearing in mind the need to address the issue of insensitivity and discrimination present on our campus.

One of the victims of the incident remarked that they felt as though their humanity was diminished, by not only the event itself, but also by the negative responses that followed. It was from this sentiment that we decided on “I am human because _____.” We didn’t want people to defend their humanity, rather we wanted to reaffirm the essence of our shared humanity, in spite of our supposed differences.

The chalkboards were designed and built within a couple days by members of Connect 4 and RARA. On the day they were to be displayed, a candle lit processional made through campus by students and faculty alike, in a show of solidarity for the victims of the event and all those on campus who feel less than safe due to their identities. The walk ended in front of the main campus library, where the boards were put on display. After a few students made remarks, those who participated in the walk and those passing by the library were encouraged to share what made them human…

The chalkboards remained up over night and into the next day, allowing passerby’s to add to the piece as they pleased. If they wanted, they could also read am explanation of the piece that was laminated and attached to one of the boards.

March 11, 2013

The wall was located at the Red Door Yoga® Studio and Yoga School in Lantzville, British Columbia, Canada. The location was significant in that the philosophy behind the original wall was in line with our yogic philosophy, the teaching of self-awareness and the exploration of one’s true purpose for being.

The project was met with genuine enthusiasm; with participants coming from several communities across Vancouver Island, as well from the mainland of British Columbia. Because of its catalytic effect, “Before I Die…” became the impetus to continue a major community project yearly at The Red Door Yoga® Studio. Through these projects, we seek to continue changing lives by building mindful community.

March 11, 2013

This wall was organized by SXSW, an annual 10-day festival and conference that provides a launching pad for creative content and discovery in the technology, film and music industries. For 10 days, the wall was displayed in the heart of downtown Austin, a hub of creativity in a unique, artist-friendly city. As tens of thousands of people from all over the world converged upon Austin for the festival, wandering the streets of our vibrant downtown district, they stopped by our wall to read other people’s hopes, dreams and fears scrawled on the wall, or even to write their own if they found space. Thousands of people connected at the Before I Die wall, sharing themselves with newfound friends, fulfilling the very purpose of connection and discovery at SXSW.

March 8, 2013

The wall sits in Puyan.  Puyan is a township in Changhua, and Changhua is in the midland of Taiwan, a area, a little country between Japan and Philippines.  The wall was finished by the six student graduated from Puyan Junior High School.  The first one who want to do that is Yu-Kai Chen, a Taichung First Senior High School student.  And there’s assignment of winter vacation which asked he to do something for the society or the junior high school. So when he saw the story of Candy Chang on the TED, he decided to do another wall for he school. Though his friend didn’t need to do the assignment, they still helped to do the wall. They started at 2012.02.04, and finished at 2010.02.08. The wall means dream, thinking, and progress. The students studied in the countryside need to work more hard, and Chen and his friends hope the student would never give up their dream and think twice about what they do.  And the most important things is never stop progressing.

PLUS: the wall will die in each June and reborn in each August. The wall will be cleaned when a session of students gratuate.  And that also means the prior are on their ways,the ways they consider best.  And the new bloods should think, “which way belong to myself?”  And not just study but no think.

這面牆位於台灣中部的彰化縣中的一所國中,叫做埔鹽國中。埔鹽這個地方鄰近鹿港,是全台糯米產量最多的地方,而第一本有關台灣的人類學書籍,便 是研究埔鹽的村落。但即便有這些特色,這個地方仍是很鄉下,教育資源與都市城鎮相比,實在有所落差。但在升學主義至上的觀念之下,鄉下學校的孩子還是得學 習「國、英、自、數、社」,然後努力讀書,希望能考上好高中。但是鄉里的特色呢?我們的文化呢?考出好成績,讀到一所好的學校,又怎樣呢?

這些牆面是由一個叫做陳佑鎧的台中一中學生,所號召其國中同學及學長們一同完成的。台中一中每年的寒假都會要求學生得做社會服務,而當陳同學在TED上 看到有關 Candy Chang 的影片時,他突然有些感慨,感慨國中的日子就渾渾噩噩的度過了,唯一知道的就是學生便該好好讀書。而到了高中之後,這樣的想法雖然被台中一中的自由學風衝 擊到了,但卻並未完全褪去。他便開始思考,他自己要的到底是什麼?他之所以會號召朋友們一同完成這面牆,便是希望能讓他們自身都好好思考這個問題,也給自 己的學弟妹一些機會去思量自己的未來。


他們所設計的這些牆面會定期的清理,每年的學生畢業後,便會更新一次,這象徵著畢業的學生已經朝著他們的理想前進,而把學習的空間留給了下一屆。這樣傳 承的意義對這樣資源匱乏的鄉下學校而言,格外重要。至少就他們而言,他們認為著文化資產遠比物質資源重要上許多。或許這活動在台灣還不被重視,而教育也不 是萬能,可教育也不是無能,教育是可能!


Organized by Yu-Kai Chen, a Taiwanese senior high school student(陳佑鎧,台中一中學生) 陳佑鎧,台中一中學生(Yu-Kai Chen, a Taiwanese senior high school student)

March 6, 2013

This wall was established in order to promote free expression and an outlet to discover character. Students part of the PeaceJam program at Rickards High School extracted this project as a way to build community and promote the Global Call to Action Social Justice and Human Rights for All. In the words of one of the students,

n“It lets people discover their dreams and goals in life no matter how large they may be. This allows viewers to realize that though diverse, dreams can be universal.”

nSo far, the wall has made it to various events at Florida State University and will be showcased at the PeaceJam Southeast conference featuring Nobel Peace Laureate Oscar Arias Sanchez.

nThe wall is not finished reaching the Tallahassee community, and the Rickards High School students are excited to showcase the wall all over our city.

March 6, 2013

“Incentivizing Social Responsibility Today for a Better Tomorrow”

February 26, 2013

The idea of building the wall was inspired on previous knowledge of the project and the team’s wish to dedicate it to artist Azriel Cohen (www.azrielcohen.com) who passed away in his sleep a few months before the event. He was a dreamer, a visionary, a healer and a very talented artist.
nThe wall was located outside the event’smain hall at the Jerusalem YMCA. The location was extremely important to us since it represented the place where we can put aside all our differences and concentrate on sharing ideas and experiences that connect us.

February 22, 2013

The site for the placement of the wall was a main avenue in the city called Paseo de Montejo. It’s in this avenue that every Sunday takes place a very special event called Biciruta. In the morning, from 7:00 to 12:00, the municipality closes the entire avenue and opens the access for bikes and pedestrians only. People from all ages and social classes come out with their bikes to make some morning exercise or just have a bike time with their friends.

Last December 16th we installed this wall during the Biciruta. The response from the people was incredibly motivating for us: the desires and aspirations from each writer were singular, unique, but at same time were a reflection of our common human needs, to share our love, to live our happiness and to spread peace for people around us.

February 20, 2013

After decades  constantly lived as a crossway of different cultures and environments and thanks to its global outlook, ContestaRockHair decided to embrace the initiative  to create the opportunity of an interaction with the public through an installation of contemporary art. The first panels created in Rome were built the at ContestaRockHair salon  in Pigneto, defined as the new  cult-area  for artistic and intellectual movement in town. Boards are displayed in number of 3 outdoors and 4 inside the salon and they have been exposed for 6 months. Now the project will be expanded within every ContestaRockHair salon in Italy and worldwide.

February 20, 2013

It’s easy to get caught up in the day-to-day and forget what really matters to you. Think about it – what do you really want to do before you die? What if you could write it on a wall for the world to see, with the possibility that someone out there could help you make your dream come true? Take Heart Events is doing just that!

About the Global Project

The Before I Die project is a global art project that invites people to reflect on their lives and share their personal aspirations in public space. The project was started by Candy Chang on an abandoned house in New Orleans after she lost someone she loved. It was all an experiment. By the next day the wall was entirely filled out and it kept growing. Over 150 Before I Die walls have now been created in more than 10 languages and in more than 30 countries. Learn more about the first wall here.

About the Tulsa Project

In the Spring of 2013 Tulsa’s first Before I Die wall was built and placed in the “back alley” courtyard of Back Alley Blues and BBQ in downtown Tulsa. The project was sponsored and presented by Take Heart Events.

Tulsa was the first project in the series to create a contest to go along with the project. Tulsans could post pictures of their wall submissions and once a month one lucky person would be selected to have their dream fulfilled. We were able to raise fund to send one lucky winner, Andrea Clarke, to Boston to run in the Marine Corp Marathon!

Unfortunately, a freak wind storm destroyed our wall in the Summer of 2013.

Here’s some press about the wall from 2013:




The Future of the Tulsa Project

It’s time to rebuild and bring back this global art project to Tulsa! Take Heart Events is excited to be presenting and sponsoring the project again, but we need your help. Our new vision for this project is to create multiple custom walls and boards that will be displayed in multiple locations. By doing this we will be able to share the project with many more Tulsa’s in a variety of environments. We are raising money for this project now until March 28, 2015 on Kickstarter. Visit our campaign at https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1915380109/before-i-die-project-tulsa

Host sites we are looking for include parks, restaurants, bars, fitness studios and really any local business or organization that will have us and welcome creativity from their guests and customers! All host sites will be listed on our mini-site (http://beforeidie.cc/site/tulsa) .

The Contest

We created the contest to promote all the amazing things Tulsa has to offer and prove that many things you would like to do “before you die,” can be achieved right here in Tulsa. We want to bring the contest back too. Once the first wall is installed, Tulsans will be able to submit their dreams into the contest by posting a picture of what they wrote on the wall on either Facebook, Twitter or Instagram with the hashtag #BeforeIDieTulsa. One winner will be selected each month by the contest committee and their wish will be fulfilled right here in Tulsa by partnering with local businesses and organizations or through money raised from this campaign.

How will the contest winners be selected?

We are currently working on forming a committee of volunteers that will get together once a month to select the monthly contest winners.

Winners will be selected based on how achievable the wish is. The committee will be in charge of going out in the community to look for partners (businesses and organizations) that can help sponsor or fulfill wishes. Committee members are not eligible to win the contest.

If you are interested in serving on the committee, please contact Chelsea McGuire at chelsea@takeheartevents.com

Why $3,000?

After doing some research and crunching the numbers, we came up with a goal of $3,000. This is a little higher than the average cost for this project (most are around $1,500-$2,000), but we will be using the money collected to create and maintain multiple custom walls and boards for multiple host sites around Tulsa. We will also be using the funds raised to help fulfill the wishes of our contest winners and document their journeys through mini-documentaries that we will post on the mini-site (http://beforeidie.cc/site/tulsa) and share on our social media. These mini-documentaries will further promote our vision that you can fulfill your dreams in Tulsa!

Please consider donating to our Kickstarter campaign running until March 28, 2015. We have some fun perks, including a tickets to the project kick-off party when we reach our goal! https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1915380109/before-i-die-project-tulsa

February 13, 2013

Decoupage is a community of Christian artists in the neighborhood of Malasaña. Each month we host a Guerrilla Art Workshop, in which we invite our neighbors to participate in street art projects. These projects encourage friendship, trust, self-expression, and fun!

Our wall was born on Friday, February 15th at 6pm at the chicken shop at the corner of Espíritu Santo street and Madera Street.

Découpage es una comunidad de artistas cristianos del barrio de Malasaña. Cada mes hacemos un taller de guerrilla art. Invitamos a nuestros vecinos a participar en proyectos de arte urbano. Estos proyectos son una excusa para hacer barrio, soñar y pasarlo bien.

Nuestra pared nació el viernes, 15 de febrero a las seis de la tarde en Pollerías Herrero a la esquina de calle Espíritu Santo y calle Madera.

February 8, 2013

We set up the wall on January 20th of 2013, in downtown Guatemala City, Guatemala, on 3rd Avenue corner of 13th Street, in the historic district.

The location is surrounded by schools,  a bus stop nearby and the property itself had been victim of invasion, robbery, vandalism and exterior graffiti, and remains empty as still others nearby are. We got a welcome permission to place the panels on the street side in front of three empty store windows of this empty building. It is only 3 blocks away from the main recently revitalized downtown 6th Avenue, now a pedestrian avenue leading to the central park, which the public administration authorities have worked hard to clean up, relocating the informal street vendors that had taken over the streets, the authorities are now promoting art in public spaces to attract new interest to the city’s downtown area.

The wall is what it is, as originally idealized by Candy Chang; a gift for public
nand anonymous expression of passersby and also to stimulate minds of those waiting
nfor the bus, something different for the public in this area. The wall has the
nvocation of reflecting the times and community where it is placed, therefore to
nus, it has also served the purpose of a thermometer to ‘measure’ the instincts
nand behaviors of the social environment in the locale.

We are happy to say we’ve found the experience and results a success! We have had very positive commentaries from people transiting the area. They are happy the Before I Die wall is there!

It was a pleasure to see, that in the first week, inspiring, positive and true dreams expressions on the wall averaged out to around 89% from about a total of 630 expressions, including many showing the thirst of the population to express itself: its desire for a change in the Country, with the hope that before dying, Guatemala be cleaned of the doom of violence and the smoke of guns.

Organized by Carlos Patal – Cesar Melendez Lemus – Clarita Conde Abad – Cristina Monge – Evelyn Conde Sharp – Los Fernandez: Isabel, Javier, Rebeca, Regina and friends Andrea, Luigi Abate, Luis De La Rosa and Regina Vaz de Carvalho.


Built by Carlos Patal, Cesar Melendez Lemus, Clarita Conde Abad, and friends

February 7, 2013

Before I Die Wall started as an inspiration after watching Candy Chang TED TALKS video. Today, India is considered a growing economic power, armed with over 50% of them from the age of 15 to 35. But with economic progress in such nations, a sensitivity towards communities, neighbourhoods start diminishing and this started rapidly in India in BIG CITIES and now has spread to smaller towns.

Our aim was to bring people together to internalize.. Just as Candy Chang mentions, It’s easy to get so caught up with the day to day activities, you somehow drift off externally… For us, the team of Truffles Cafe, we believe that hope exists, in each and every person who not only truly knows what they really want to but also care about the community, their neighbourhood and environment they live in..

We built this wall on 2nd February, 2013 using the entrance wall of the Cafe. ‘Truffles Cafe’ is located in plot no.376 Road no.10, Jubilee Hills, Hyderabad, India. We will continue to keep the wall for 6 months.  The wall was created by Swapna & Srinivas along with a team of local artists.



February 7, 2013

We created last year in Salvador, Bahia (Brazil), a group whose objective is to save abandoned urban gardens by inviting people to plant, to paint, to make art and to turn the public space into a better place to be. The strenght of this group is the colective effort to take care of public areas.

It is inspired in “Before I Die Project” that we made together with “Bairro-Escola Rio Vermelho Project”, on 2nd february — The Day of Iemanjá. This action asked people to write their dreams about the city. We had a great participation of families, children, old and young people that were celebrating Iemanjá in this special day. The result was a panel, which has been installed in a square located on Rio Vermelho neighborhood, side by side with the Sant’Anna church.

Canteiros Coletivos (in portuguese): http://www.facebook.com/CanteirosColetivos

Bairro-Escola Rio Vermelho (in portuguese): http://www.facebook.com/BairroEscolaRV

February 7, 2013

I was really impressed by Candy Chang’s TED talk and decided to install the wall in my city. The momet I got after watching the talk was just a few minutes, but it will be in my heart foever.

Daegu is my hometown, but I will move to another city, Gwangju, to study dentistry for several years. I wanted my neighbors to hold the chalks in front of the wll befoe I move, so they can share dreams and be thankful to their lives.

The wall was installed in the middle of “The Kim Kwang-suk Street” in Daegu, Korea. Mr.Kim was born in Daegu, and one of the most popular folk song singers in Korea, but he passed away at the age of 33. The street was oganized right beside “Bangchun marketplace” on November 2009, by artists and local traders to pay tribute to his life and work.

Several wall paintings, small art works, and his voice with songs in the street make visitors feel the calm and peace, and you can enjoy various stuff in the marketplace. More than those,  I really hope the people who stand in front of the wall can also have an invaluable moment.

@Address: Daebong 1 dong, Jung-gu, South Korea.

@Web: http://blog.naver.com/jjymind

February 1, 2013

The creation of the wall at her alma mater, the  University of San Carlos, Talamban campus, is a homecoming project for Ploi Pagdalian, a Filipino living in Greenwood, Indiana, as well as a collaborative project with her colleague and university faculty, Radel Paredes. Ploi saw Candy Chang’s TED Talk, and was inspired to duplicate the project in her home country during her 5-week visit with her aging parents. Her visit is top on her list of things to do before she dies.

The wall is in the student lounge of the College of Architecture & Fine Arts, a partially indoor and outdoor space. The location also serves as a common space for the school’s theater where the public have access to select showings, and the entryways to the higher floors.

The launching of the wall on Feb 5 was attended by students in an Art History class who then christened the wall with their wishes, as well as local artists and faculty members.

The wall still exists and will continue to until the school community decides otherwise.

January 29, 2013

The wall was placed at Peel Art Gallery Museum and Archives (PAMA) during its grand opening celebrations. Located in the courtyard, the installation’s temporary home, visitors to PAMA can scrawl their hopes and dreams on the 8 ft. by 24 ft. chalkboard canvas.

January 16, 2013

Katy had known about Before I Die for a while and wanted to put a wall up somewhere in Asheville.  Kimber and Tracie work in the Highsmith Union Gallery at UNC Asheville and wanted to create a participatory exhibit.  Much to all of our delight, we met and decided to include Before I Die along with a few other activities as part of an exhibit about past and future. The exhibit is called Recollection and Intention.

January 10, 2013

After seeing Candy Chang speak at TEDGlobal in the summer of 2012, I knew I had to bring the Before I Die Wall to the George Washington University campus. I loved the idea of giving my fellow students and community a public space to post their dreams and aspirations and to learn from the perspectives of each other. I found a temporary wall on campus that was set up for construction and decided I’d love to turn it into a beautiful Before I Die Wall. I spent many months meeting and collaborating with University officials and fellow students in order to at first gain approval, and then plan the execution of such an exciting experience!

Months later, the Before I Die Wall at GW was brought to life! We were unbelievably lucky and thankful to have booked Candy as our opening speaker at the unveiling of our Wall, which took place on Tuesday, January 22nd, 2013.

I am still so overjoyed and thankful for how the University Administration and students responded to the Wall. The support was unmatched and the responses were unimaginable in the best way possible. Thank you again to all who contributed, and to my friend Candy for being such a shining light of inspiration.


January 6, 2013

Six people with a strong desire to help UCI students follow their dreams decided to bring a Before I Die wall to the UCI campus in hopes of inspiring individual growth.

When: January 28th – February 1st 2013
nLocation: UC Irvine Student Center

#beforeidie, #beforeidieucirvine

Check out Candy Chang’s Before I Die TED talk and

our Before I Die, UC Irvine Tumblr.

Contact: beforeidieuci@gmail.com

Made by David Ly Khim, Francis Cailles, Jesse Oduro, Justin Ho, Kendrick Wang, and Timothy Casasola

January 3, 2013

The Evolve Coaching Team wanted to invite people to reflect about their lives and how time goes by anyway. If we don’t focus on our dreams and on things that really matter we might end up reaching the end of our lives without the experience of a fulfilling life. We had an amazing response from most of the people that stopped by just to figure out what the wall was all about.

January 3, 2013

The San Francisco wall was built as part of the Greenbuild Conference which was organized by the U.S. Green Building Council. The wall was set up at the entrance of the Moscone Convention Center.

December 28, 2012

This wall was organized by Ian Matthews, a senior at Millis High School. For his senior project, he intends to examine the effect the wall has on the community of his school though participation in the Before I Die Project. Middle school students, high school students, faculty members, and any visitors to the school have access to the wall and can record what they want to do. The wall is currently functional and will be available to the public at any time that the school building is open. The wall will be in place for the duration of the 2012-2013 school year, after which the project will be concluded, and the wall will be dismantled.

This project was supported in part by a grant from the Millis Cultural Council, a local agency which is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.

December 16, 2012

Este muro nace como iniciativa de un grupo de Educadores y Educadoras Sociales de Córdoba (España). Gracias por compartir tus ilusiones, esperanzas y deseos en nuestro muro. También puedes enviarnos tus fotos y frases  a través de las redes sociales. @antesdemorirq

Este muro se hace con la colaboración de CoPESA y ADIF

December 12, 2012

A collection of entries by delegates attending the event to celebrate the work of the alliance working to make Scotland a place which is more open about death, dying and bereavement.

December 9, 2012

Inspired by Candy Chang’s TED talk, this wall was created to allow people to voice their dreams. As a part of the Neighborhood Art Festival, organized by Kitsch Mandi in partnership with the Startup Festival, the wall travelled to 2 different locations in Bangalore (Indiranagar and Koramangala).

December 6, 2012

In 2012/2013 The University of Arizona students in a survey of contemporary art class participated in a disposable version of the Before I Die project when learning about how practicing artists use spirituality as a theme in their artwork.  After learning about several artists as well as Candy Chang, the students created this community art project which was later displayed on a campus bulletin board.


This installation not only engages students to think about spirituality in art and public spaces but also utilizes modern technology and interactive art as a tool for meaning making inside and out of the classroom. To join in the conversation search #beforeidieUA #BIDTucson #BID on Twitter, Instagram or Pintrest!





Organized by Erica L Richard, Graduate Teaching Assistant at University of Arizona and the students of ART203, Survey of Contemporary Art

December 6, 2012

November 23, 2012

Our main goal with this wall was to bring together our greater community as a whole. To make each person who participated, either through writing or reading, more aware of how they actually wished to shape their lives. As a yoga studio and school we are constantly trying to teach our students to be mindful of the universality of human experience by viewing the thoughts and desires that motivate individuals from all walks of life. And this wall was a great way to do it.

November 23, 2012

The wall was erected in Cousins Plaza on the edge of Sonny Lawson Park at 24th and Welton. It remained in the plaza for two months. In December of 2012 Arts & Venues Denver relocated the mural to Civic Center Park, a “City Beautiful” park downtown Denver. In March of 2013 the mural will again be relocated to University of Colorado – Denvers campus. The community embraced this project so well that we continue to move it to activate these wonderful public spaces across our City.

“Before I Die” Denver Art Installation from BLURRED Pictures on Vimeo.

November 19, 2012

We decided to make this wall as an experiment for our thesis research concerning public spaces. We worked really hard but also had a great time during the two days that we put up the experiment in two different public spaces, “La feria Guazu” at the old port of Asunción and the Parque Bicentenario. It was a great experience and we were able to realize how excited people get about sharing their thoughts and wishes as well as how everybody enjoys reading all the comments and phrases. This work inspired us to keep exploring and looking for more ways of helping people to live and enjoy their public spaces in different and unusual ways.

November 12, 2012

Inspired by Candy Chang’s initiative to make art while getting communities together to share their dreams, hopes, and aspirations the “Before I die” wall has become a world wide collaboration. Not only does this project bring people together, but it makes one realize whether or not they are spending their time doing what they truly want.

For this reason two good friends decided they wanted to add one more city to the list: São Paulo, Brazil. Created in their favorite neighborhood, Vila Madalena,  the wall is located on a pretty busy intersection, and took only a few hours for the wall to be completely filled. It’s a nice feeling when you see curious passersby stop to read the responses, smile, and participate in writting their own line.

In tribute to Helena Prado


November 9, 2012

Since I knew the Candy Chang´s Before I Die wall I included in my list of things to do before I die.  This wall is located on the outside wall of my house, in the city of Xalapa, in the state of Veracruz. My mom helped me a lot organizing the project, cutting the stencil and detaining the stairs (:

It was interesting seeing people faces when they realized what  this wall was about. I swear they thought I was mad, but it was just great.

The opening of the wall was the 15th of november of 2012, and it remains open.

November 9, 2012

As part of my MA project at Bucks New University, I investigated art strategies in public spaces.

The aim was to give meaning to drab spaces of the town where I live and trigger an emotional involvement in those who frequent them, inviting people to observe things with different eyes.

Inspired by Candy Chang’s work, I decided to bring the “Before I Die” project to High Wycombe.

With the support of the local administration, I had the possibility to set up the installation at the entrance of the university.

In a few hours the board was completely filled. It was exciting to see students and passersby stop to read, smile and write their own response. This work created a really enjoyable area.


Thank you to all that made this happen.

October 31, 2012

After happening upon this website we loved the idea and decided it would be cool to set up a wall in St Patricks square in Auckland. Thanks to a bunch of awesome volunteers we made it happen!

October 31, 2012

This is the making of a community art project from beginning to end. Something positive. So, I got some amazing friends together and we made it happen. What is project “Before I Die” exactly? Before I Die is a global public project that invites people to reflect on their lives and share their personal aspirations in a public space. The project is about remembering what is important to you and creating a place that better reflects what matters to us as a community and as individuals. This is located on the second floor of the Nigh Center at UCO in Edmond, OK.

October 29, 2012

This wall in was inspired by Candy Chang’s Before I Die public art project. It was built outside the Chung-Li Presbyterian Church.

October 24, 2012

This Wall was created in Trolley Square, located in Wilmington, Delaware. It was produced by Team Alive.

October 24, 2012

When the Kalein Hospice Centre, located in Nelson British Columbia, was first introduced to the Before I die project, we immediately recognized that it fit naturally with Kalein’s mission to build a campus where residential hospice care is fully integrated with a Centre for dialogue and education.  We partnered with the Kootenay Co-Op store because of their complementary mission around creating community and bringing people together in a commonly shared experience. And, they had a great empty wall, located in the downtown core, that was just ripe for a public art piece.

From the moment the wall was complete, we had people lining up to contribute their thoughts.  Every week, sometimes more than once, the wall is photographed, washed clean to allow other people to contribute and new thoughts to take hold.  Nelson project organizer Amy Garvey explains, “One of the mandates of Kalein Hospice Centre is to extend the conversation around death and dying into our everyday awareness.  We believe the “Before I die” wall is an incredibly powerful way to do just that.  It’s an opportunity for each of us to reflect on what’s most important in our lives, and then witness what is important to our friends, neighbors and entire community.”

“Kalein” is a Celtic word that loosely translated means “Calling Forth The Beautiful,” something that Garvey says, sits at the heart of Kalein’s mission.  “Everyday at Kalein, we’re looking for opportunities to call forward all that is beautiful in ourselves and others.  Living with the awareness that our time in this life is finite, brings a certain sweetness to the present moment.  It helps us focus on what it means to live fully at all stages of life, even at the end of life.  We hope that those who are moved to leave their thoughts on the “Before I die…” wall, might be likewise inspired to become more actively involved with Kalein, and spread the news about the Centre.”


October 16, 2012

With a strong yearning to bring some inspiration into the community, RUPA decided to bring a Before I Die Wall to campus. Located in the heart of the College Avenue campus, students had the opportunity to share their aspirations all week long from November 26 – November 30, 2012.

October 16, 2012

This “Before I die…” wall was created by two friends who stumbled upon this project and figured that this would be a great project for their city. The wall was launched during a small festival that focused on the subject “gentrification”. After the festival the wall was moved to its permanent location where it is accessible to the public for a longer period.

When Burkhard Gruess and Florian Ortloff learned about the project, they immediately started researching how to bring it to Erfurt and how to get support.  They were excited about it, because Erfurt, as a city, is gaining interest in public art and the determined location for the wall is in a vibrant and diverse part of the town. The initiators are curious about how the community will interact with this project over the time.

For more information on this project, and to view all pictures, visit the Facebook page  www.facebook.com/beforeidiegermany

October 16, 2012

On Saturday, October 13, 2012, from 9 am – 6 pm the public was invited to participate in the Before I Die project which took place in the alcove of the Roper Garden Building in downtown Winter Garden, Florida.  Presented by Radiant Life Productions in conjunction with the TEDx Orlando event, Before I Die is an interactive public art project that invites people to share their hopes and dreams in a public space.

When Ann McGregor, owner of Radiant Life Productions learned about the project through Candy Chang’s TED Talk video, she immediately started researching how to bring it to Winter Garden.  She was equally excited about the timing. “Winter Garden is experiencing tremendous growth right now, it’s a vibrant community and our event coordinates with TEDx Orlando that same day,” says McGregor.  “This is a real opportunity for people to express their desires and also become inspired by their neighbors.”

With the help of Roundtable Productions, McGregor displayed a 20×8 ft wall near the Winter Garden Theater and encouraged visitors to pick up a piece of chalk and finish the sentence, “Before I die ____”.  McGregor hopes other nearby towns will be interested in this project as well.

For more information on this project, and to view all pictures, visit our Facebook page here: facebook.com/radiantlifeproductions

October 11, 2012

“I saw Candy’s TED talk at breakfast one morning and said to myself, ‘Before I die I want to build one of those,’” said Sebastian Beca. A week later, the computer engineer began hunting for  unused walls and found an ideal location beside the Centro Cultural Gabriela Mistral, one of the core art and cultural centers of Santiago. His daughter was his main assistant and the wall was up for four months. “We estimate that over six thousand people wrote on it. We had to wash it almost every other day to make space for everyone.” The wall had longer, touching repurcussions. “A couple of days ago my daughter was sharing one of her own creative ideas with someone who started doubting her. She said, ‘You know, my dad wanted to build a wall and there it is.’”

October 11, 2012

The Creative City Project is birthed out of the belief that artists can change a city for the better by making it a more beautiful, meaningful and interesting place to live. We are a collective of artists who seek to create shared experiences between artists and people who live, work, play in and visit Orlando.

Inspired by the Before I Die project, this wall was constructed on 10/14/12 as a creative event for the community. A different performance or experience was featured on each day in the month of October. We placed the wall at the Orange County Regional History Center park on a Sunday afternoon. Residents and visitors were given the chance to express themselves in the heart of our city.

For more information on Creative City Project, please visit our website or “like us” on Facebook!

October 9, 2012

The pristine campus of Christopher Newport University got a little more colorful thanks to a class of art students who built a great big portable plywood box as a communal canvas. A few hours before Candy Chang gave a talk on campus, they shook up spray paint cans and stenciled together while she asked them about their school. They were so sincere and close with one another, she could see the impact of a small class size, a passionate teacher, and a group of people who are ready to grow. The students wheeled the structure into Trible Plaza and it filled up with hopes in a matter of minutes. In the mashup were desires to “have an honest conversation with my mom,” “fly a helicopter to Aruba,” “find someone to love,” “perform with a symphony,” and “overcome depression.” And sometimes hopes came together. Someone wrote, “Before I die I want to meet a real man.” Someone else wrote below, “Hi, I’m Alex.”

October 5, 2012

October 1, 2012

Presented by the Plaza District Association, this wall was created for the September 29, 2012 Plaza District Festival. It rained off and on for 9 straight hours. The rain didn’t stop the people from coming.

The Plaza District Association works to develop the Plaza District as a vibrant commercial district where arts, local business and neighborhood community thrives.

The Plaza District Association is a 501c3 organization that has been working to revitalize NW 16th in Oklahoma City since 1997. Over the last 15 years, the district has risen out of intolerable crime and disrepair into a hub of creativity and a haven for local business. A neighborhood once threatened is now thriving, and historic buildings have been renovated for new, creative uses. The work of the association that began as meetings in living rooms, weed pulling on the weekends and dragging friends to a street festival has now blossomed with over 15 million dollars in investment, 30 thriving businesses, property values on the rise and crime rates falling quickly.

The association has accomplished this work through focused efforts in building capacity for our organization, promotion of the district, economic development and public space. With a dedicated Board of Directors, a passionate staff and a visionary group of business owners and volunteers, 16th Street is shaping into Oklahoma City’s emerging district for the arts and local business. Community is at the heart of this work, and engaging our neighbors, the business community, the art community and our local government has resulted in making the Plaza District a place where people want to be.

September 25, 2012

Participants in the Aarhus Festival, an annual cultural event since 1965, were encouraged to share their hopes and dreams for the future on this wall in Denmark.

September 14, 2012

On September 8th, 2012 Bezgraniczna set up “Before I Die…” wall for the restaurant’s second birthday at the entrance to the establishment.

August 20, 2012

Steven Slotow, a local writer, found a choice spot in the Maboneng Precinct, a cultural hub in the city center known for its mix of galleries, artist studios, and creative venues. He teamed up with artists who framed the wall with their own great works, and they unveiled the wall during the Urban Arts Festival. “We got done stenciling early, but it wasn’t early enough,” Steven said. “Before the white spray paint could dry, visitors of the popular Maboneng flea market were flocking to the wall to share their dreams. I visited each Sunday morning to jot down the old dreams and wipe it down to make space for the new ones. I was never disappointed.”

August 15, 2012

August 13, 2012

Yankton, South Dakota is proud to be taking part in this global art project. Our wall is located on the north end of the historic Meridian Bridge, a biking and pedestrian bridge that offers breathtaking views of the Missouri River.

August 9, 2012

Within the confines of the biggest european music festival 10.000 people per day have seen the Before I die wall in Budapest. During the festival thousands of people wrote their wishes, hopes and dreams on the wall… This wall was made by Banner Casting Ltd. team.

August 2, 2012

For the month of August 2012, the Extreme Green team in London, Ontario, with the support of Trinity United Church and Community Centre, erected a Before I Die Wall on the church front lawn. The Green Team is a group of teens and adults (85 and counting!) that seek to heal the environment and nurture community in East London. East London is a working class community that has been hit hard by the shrinking of manufacturing jobs. Our hope was that by inviting people to share their hopes and dreams, in what is for many a difficult time, we would build and strengthen our community. The Wall did that and much more.


Created by Extreme Green Team Cat Hall-Oaker, Kevin Gamble, Phil Lantz, Diane Lantz, Troy Gamble, Vincent Nuhn, Christian Gamble, Alex Fisher, Jon Oaker, Kes Oaker and Molly MacDougall.

July 25, 2012

We built this wall on july 23 in Madrid around the metro station “La Latina” in the place called “Campo de Cebada” in Toledo Street. This wall was made by ECHO team

July 24, 2012

This wall is on the north-east corner of Maryland Street and Ellice Avenue, on the side of the Spence Neighbourhood Association building, facing Maryland. If you are driving on Maryland (one-way south) and are stopped at the lights at Ellice, look to your left.

Larry was stumbling his interests on StumbleUpon one winter day and the Before I Die page popped up. They had him at “want”.

We built the wall on Saturday, July 21, 2012. We plan to leave it up until September.

July 24, 2012

This wall was created as a public art project by the Des Moines Art Center’s Art Noir group for the 80-35 music festival. July 6-7, 2012.

July 3, 2012

This wall is located on Broad Street, between Pine and Spruce Street.

July 3, 2012

The wall was an important part of the London Funeral Exhibition that ran at one of the award-winning GreenAcres Woodland Burial Parks in the UK. Organised by the Marketing and Community Liaison Executive at the Buckinghamshire site – Angie Whitaker – the wall drew attention from over 750 visitors to the event which celebrated all things “life”. The London Funeral Exhibition and the Before I Die Wall was the talking point of the weekend for those interested in coming to terms with the permanence of a loss they had experienced and their own mortality. “The park as a living woodland is often chosen when children have experienced the loss themselves as its not a scary place to return to” said one of the wall contributors.

June 27, 2012

Sophie Miller and Dan Blah created this wall at the corner of 14th St NW and Q St NW in Washington D.C.

June 27, 2012

A theater company in Vicenza, Italy, created this wall as part of an ongoing project to organize cultural activities and performance in their town in an effort to save a local theater from the 1960s that was in danger of being shut down.

This wall was born March, 2012.

June 27, 2012

This wall was put up at Prince William Sounds Community College as a project for Dr. Sierra’s Spring 2012 Death and Dying course. During the Fall 2012 semester, they plan to take the wall to various small and large communities on the Alaska highway system

Dr. Sierra gives special thanks to PWSCC Interim President Wes Lundburg, Maintenance Supervisor Cody Lewis,  and Ryan Adkins.

This wall was born March, 2012.

June 25, 2012

This project was created by a group of friends from all over the world and coordinated so that each wall lived on the same day, May 5th, 2012, in order to connect these friends to each other globally, as well as locally to their community. The other walls in this project can be found in Berlin, Germany, Jersey City, USA, and Townsville, Australia.

This wall was born on May 5th, 2012.

June 25, 2012

This project was created by a group of friends from all over the world and coordinated so that each wall lived on the same day, May 5th, 2012, in order to connect these friends to each other globally, as well as locally to their community. The other walls in this project can be found in Berlin, Germany, Townsville, Australia, and Vancouver, Canada.

This wall was born on May 5th, 2012 and died a few days later.

June 25, 2012

This project was created by a group of friends from all over the world and coordinated in order to connect these friends to each other globally, as well as locally to their community. The other walls in this project can be found in Townsville, Australia, Jersey City, USA, and Vancouver, Canada.

This wall was born on May 12, 2012.

June 20, 2012

This wall was built and on display on Marquette University’s campus in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. MARDI GRAS Marquette’s mission is to raise awareness about the needs of post-Katrina New Orleans and the area surrounding, rebuild homes and neighborhoods affected by this disaster and form meaningful relationships with the community, and they plan to use the wall every fall semester as an awareness piece and fundraiser.

This wall was born and died in September, 2011.

June 20, 2012

In September, 2011 The Onomatopee Research Project in Eindhoven transformed an interior wall of the institution into a Before I Die wall as part of their exhibition “The Voice Of”.

The wall was born and died in September, 2011.

June 19, 2012

Jenny Carden organized this wall in Cordoba, Argentina. Jenny says, “It was one thing to see Before I Die on my computer screen and quite another to see it in action,” she said. “I had no idea it would have such a powerful and profound effect on such a wide range of people. Because people in South America live at a slower pace, almost everyone stops to read the wall. Old men with briefcases, couples on a walk, kids running home from school—all stop, consumed by the ideas”.

June 19, 2012

This wall was made to go with a series of activities of a monthly festival called “Arte en las Calles” (Art in the Streets) in Trujillo, Perú. The theme for the festival that month was “dreams” and we felt it went perfect with the idea surrounding this project. “Arte en las Calles” is a group of young artists and friends in Trujillo that organize these festivals in different parks around the city. Our goal is to create free spaces where people can enjoy art for free while giving our local artists the opportunity to showcase their work, all of this in an environment surrounded by the love and sharing of friends, artists and neighbors.

June 18, 2012

This wall was brought to you by the good people at the Cary Memorial Library and their Teen Advisory Board members.

June 18, 2012

The Congres for Factor Clave hosted a Before I die wall and exhibition at their 2011 Visión Diseño Conference in the Plaza de Armas of Querétaro, Mexico.

This wall was born and died in October, 2011.

June 18, 2012

Candy Chang partnered with the Youth ArtCamp and the Soros Foundation to create a Before I Die wall at the Kazakhstan Institute of Management Economics and Strategic Research in Almaty, Kazakhstan. Students and passersby alike shared their intimate aspirations in Russian, Kazakh, and English.

May 21, 2012

Thanks to the Black Rock Arts Foundation, The City of Reno Arts and Culture Commission, Burning Man, and the Sierra Arts Foundation, Candy and the local community created two Before I Die walls in Reno, Nevada.n

“We believe the exhibition of Before I Die… in two different locations in downtown Reno will serve the community by enhancing civic space through the temporary transformation of a chain link fence into an interactive community art project.” said Crimson Rose, Board Member for the Black Rock Arts Foundation and Art Director for Burning Man.

May 20, 2012

The members of SocialBandage included these walls in Startup Weekend Abu Dhabi, an event in Abu Dhabi that fundraised donations to the Children’s Cancer Center in Lebanon. The walls were intended to raise awareness about humanity and to motivate and inspire others. SocialBandage said they hope the walls “made people realize how valuable they are.”

May 4, 2012

After the death of someone she loved, artist Candy Chang went through a long period of grief and depression. With time, she felt gratitude for the time they had together and eventually she found clarity in her life by contemplating death so much. But she struggled to maintain this perspective. It’s easy to get caught up in the day-to-day and forget what really matters to you. So with help from old and new friends, she covered the side of an abandoned house in her neighborhood in New Orleans with chalkboard paint and stenciled it with the sentence, “Before I die I want to _______” so anyone walking by could pick up a piece of chalk, reflect on their lives, and share their personal aspirations in public space.

It was all an experiment. By the next day the wall was entirely filled out and it kept growing. Before I die I want to… sing for millions, see my daughter graduate, abandon all insecurities, straddle the International Date Line, see the leaves change many times, be someone’s cavalry, hold her one more time, be completely myself…  People’s hopes and dreams made her laugh out loud, tear up, and feel consolation during some of her toughest times. She understood her neighbors in new and enlightening ways, and she remembered that she is not alone as she tries to make sense of her life. The Atlantic called it, “one of the most creative community projects ever.”

After receiving many messages from people who wanted to make a wall with their community, Candy created step-by-step resources. Today, over 2,000 Before I Die walls have been created in over 70 countries thanks to passionate people around the world.


September 14, 2011

Arts non-profit 3S Artspace partnered with local museum Strawbery Banke and Civic Center to create a Before I die wall in the historic center of Portsmouth, New Hampshire, overlooking the lovely Prescott Park. This wall was born in September, 2011, and died in October, 2011.