Candy Chang

nteractive public art project that invites people to share their personal aspirations in public space. After losing someone she loved and falling into depression, Chang created this experiment on an abandoned house in her neighborhood to create an anonymous place to help restore perspective and share intimately with her neighbors while remaining an introvert. Meant as a singular experiment, the project gained global attention and thanks to passionate people around the world, over 500 Before I Die walls have been created in over 70 countries, including Kazakhstan, Iraq, Haiti, China, Ukraine, Portugal, Japan, Denmark, Argentina, and South Africa. The Before I Die book is a celebration of these walls and the stories behind them. Follow the latest Before I Die walls and responses on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook.

Before I Die

2011 New Orleans, LA

Candy Chang stenciling BID Ogden Museum New Orleans (photo by James Reeves)

Candy Chang asidewalk (portrait by Randal Ford)

BID Savannah Georgia (photo by Trevor Coe)

BID New Orleans writing (photo by Kristina Kassem)

BID New Orleans house angled filled (photo by Candy Chang)

BID Beer-Shiva Israel (photo by Sheffi Shalom)

BID Cordoba Argentina (photo by Jenny Carden)


Taiwanese-American artist Candy Chang challenges the conventional perception of public space and the role it can play to help us make sense of our communities and ourselves. Renowned for interactive public installations that provoke civic engagement and emotional introspection, her work has examined issues from criminal justice and the future of vacant buildings to personal aspirations and anxieties. Her project Before I Die has been recreated in over 500 cities and over 70 countries, including Iraq, China, Haiti, Brazil, Ukraine, Kazakhstan, and South Africa.
     Her work has been exhibited in the Venice Architecture Biennale, the New Museum, New York; Tate Modern, London; the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, The Ogden Museum of Southern Art, New Orleans; the Lisbon Architecture Triennale, and the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum, New York.
     She was named one of the Top 100 Leaders in Public Interest Design by Impact Design Hub, a Fast Company Emerging Master of Design, a "Live Your Best Life" Local Hero by Oprah Magazine, and a World Economic Forum Young Global Leader. She has been the keynote speaker at events including the Creativity World Forum, American Planning Association National Conference, Pennsylvania Conference for Women, and the Global Health Summit. She lives in New Orleans.

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