Interactive Chalk Wall

Before I Die, community initiative Project at the New Hanover County Arboretum.

Multi-colored chalk on a blackboard now adorns a wall of the New Hanover County Arboretum, and visitors to the gardens can enjoy an interactive chalk wall whe12671788_766848306782306_8707164480886226885_ore they may stop to write what they want to do before they die.
Before I Die is an interactive art project which encourages community members to share their personal ambitions in a public space. The firsBefore I Die chalk wall was created by a New Orleans artist, Candy Chang, in 2011. Chang did not know what would come from her idea, but she experienced many positive responses immediately. Today, over 1,000 Before I Die walls spread across the world.”
This project turns a blank wall into something interesting and powerful and provides a gathering place and an outlet for people to share their own ambitions while also reading the messages of others. In the future, the 7 x 12 chalk wall will also serve as a creative backdrop or display for weddings and other events throughout the year. Wilmington’s new wall has a bucket of chalk attached for writing and it is a place where people can display their hopes and dreams as a community. The New Hanover County Arboretum is free and open to the public seven days a week from dawn to dusk.

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