The phrase, "Before I die, I want to..." was recently written on a large chalkboard in downtown Parkersburg, WV sparking many people to use it as a medium for their own personal thoughts.
The sign was posted August 1st at Point Park & built by volunteers of #IMLIVING.
Before I die is a global art project that invites people to reflect on their lives and share their personal aspirations in public space. This project was started by Candy Chang on an abandoned house in New Orleans after she lost someone she loved.
The wall is so full it's hard to read now. When we put it up, we didn't know what was going to happen. It was kinda of an experiment just to see. We got amazing responses. We've got people who said meaningful things, reflections on their lives on what they want to do. Some people put up pretty funny comments.
Some of the responses include:
"Before I die I want to love myself."
"Before I die I want to see my son's illness be cured."
"Before I die I want to eat at Golden Corral."
"Before I die I want to make more money than Oprah."
They are powerful responses written from a wide array of people during various moments in their lives.
We are taking the wall down from the current location in Parkersburg, WV and taking it to the town of Marietta, OH.