I stumbled on Before I Die late last summer in Minneapolis, but the message is timeless and is unbounded by geography: Whatever it is you want to accomplish in your life, honor it and do it now. That’s exactly what I’m doing by launching and running TwentyFortySixtyEighty.
From the artist’s statement:
It is easy to get caught up in the day-to-day and forget what really matters to you. Before I Die is a global art project that invites people to reflect on their lives and share their personal aspirations in a public space. Originally created by Candy Chang on an abandoned house in her neighborhood in New Orleans after she lost someone she loved, the project is here thanks to a group of passionate local people who wanted to create a space for you to share with the people around you. It is about remembering what is important to you. It is about getting to know the people around you in new and enlightening ways. It is about creating public spaces that help us see we are not alone as we try to lead personally meaningful lives. More than 200 walls have been created in over fifteen languages and in over forty countries including Argentina, China, Kazakhstan, Italy, Germany, Korea, Australia, Israel, and South Africa. This wall is yours. Please enjoy.