You may have noticed that I like me some whimsy and cheek in my street art. I also have a penchant for pieces that make me think. But Candy Chang's Before I Die project goes beyond simply making me think. She re-imagined an abandoned house in her neighborhood in New Orleans, and gave her community a public place for reflection and awareness. Using plywood and chalkboard paint, and offering chalk to all passersby, she created opportunities for individual expression and community interaction. Brilliant. I am in awe of her vision and its execution.
The project has grown, and continues to spread into other communities. I found the wall in Santa Cruz particularly poignant. And, as a runner, I appreciated San Francisco's twist: I Run Because. Reminded me of the exceedingly sage pontification I once offered the world, via Twitter (the source of all contemporary philosophy worth its salt): we should run because we can.
I now expand my credo to incorporate living an art-ful life—we should create because we can. Thanks for the reminder, Ms. Chang.