Saturday 23 August 2014

Before I Die...

Earlier this year Cork joined the hundreds of cities around the world that have created a "Before I Die" wall. The Before I Die  movement is a global street art project that gives people a way to share their personal aspirations in public space. It was started by Candy Chang, a Taiwanese American artist, after she lost someone she loved.
According the project's website (
She wanted [...] to know what was important to the people around her. So after receiving permission, she painted the side of an abandoned house in her neighborhood in New Orleans with chalkboard paint and stenciled it with a grid of the sentence, “Before I die I want to _______.” Anyone walking by could pick up a piece of chalk, reflect on their lives, and share their personal aspirations in public space.
It was all an experiment and she didn’t know what to expect. By the next day, the wall was full of responses and it kept growing [...].
After posting a few photos, she received hundreds of messages from people who wanted to make a wall with their community [...] and now thanks to passionate people around the world, over 525 Before I Die walls have been created in over 30 languages and 70 countries.
The Cork wall is located on Kyle Street, off North Main Street. It was created by four French girls living in the city. They were inspired by seeing the wall in Prague during a visit to that city. They painted the wall on April 20, and it was filled with people's comments within 48 hours.

On this page are a few shots I took of the wall, and below are samples of the comments on it. I've included some relevant links at the bottom of the page, as well.

UPDATE 29/11/2014

I passed by the wall recently and snapped a few shots of some writing that wasn't there when I took the above photos. I'm posting them here...


Here's a link to the Cork wall's page on the Before I Die website:

And the Cork wall's Facebook page:

An article on the Cork wall in Cork's Evening Echo:

And a YouTube video by James Nano Nagle of artist John Flynn drawing a Jackalope in chalk on the wall:

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