Savannah’s Before I Die installations on MLK and on Waters Avenue just came down, but apparently there caused a little bit of late controversy, with a brief discussion last week at the workshop of Savannah City Council about graffiti concerns.
That hardly seems like a valid concern about artist Candy Chang’s project, which got great coverage today in the Washington Post: In D.C., private ‘bucket list’ dreams become public art
The piece begins:
Before they die, the citizens of Washington, D.C., would like to achieve things both monumental and minuscule. They want to eat delicious food, travel the globe and — naturally — effect political change. They want to see the Earth from the Moon. They want to meet God.
They may have carried these aspirations in their hearts and heads their whole lives, but until a chalkboard sprang up at 14th and Q streets NW, they may have never verbalized them. On the construction barrier enveloping a crumbling old laundromat in the midst of its transformation into an upscale French bistro, the billboard-size chalkboard offers baskets of chalk and a prompt: “Before I die . . .”
The project was conceived by artist Candy Chang, a 2011 TED fellow who created the first “Before I Die” public art installation last February in a city that has contemplated its own mortality: New Orleans.
Click here to see my April post about the Savannah walls.
Here’s the gallery of photos that I took one evening on MLK: