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Candy Chang’s “Before I die…” Public Installation Art in Columbus

Candy Chang is an artist who is passionate about the way we shape our places and our places shape us. She is an artist, designer, and urban planner who makes cities more comfortable for people.

She’s the co-founder of Civic Center, an urban design studio where she combines architecture, graphic design, and urban planning to make thoughtful public spaces and communication tools for everyday issues of city life.

She began her public art installation, “Before I die…” in 2011 in New Orleans after the loss of someone she loved very much. It helped clarify her life, the people she wanted to be with, and the things she wanted to do, but she struggled to maintain perspective.

Anyone walking by could pick up a piece of chalk, reflect on their lives, and share their personal aspirations in public space. Well now there is a new site created here in Columbus by Whitney Works and built by Mitchell Lippencott. It is sponsored by the Franklin Arts District, located at Avondale Elementary (141 Hawkes Ave).

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You can follow @BeforeIDieCbus on Instagram and/or Twitter and use the ‪#‎beforeidiecbus‬ to watch the project as it takes shape.

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