About the Project

Thanks to the thousands> of peopleBefore I Die has become a global participatory public art project that reimagines our relationship with death and with one another in the public realm. The original wall was created on an abandoned house in New Orleans by artist Candy Chang after the death of someone she loved. Since then, over two thousand Before I Die walls have been created in over 70 countries around the world. Each wall is created by local residents who want to make a space in their community to restore perspective and share more with one another. Each wall is a tribute to living an examined life.

Candy Chang and writer James A. Reeves have developed this space to examine our common anxieties, contemplate mortality, and better understand what it means to be human.


Before I Die walls have been created in 76 countries

Argentina
Armenia
Australia
Austria
Azerbaijan
Belgium
Bonaire
Bosnia and Herzegovina
Brazil
Bulgaria
Canada
Chile
China
Colombia
Costa Rica
Cuba
Curaçao
Czech Republic
Denmark
Dominican Republic
Ecuador
Estonia
Finland
France
Georgia
Germany
Guatemala
Haiti
Hungary
India
Iran
Iraq
Ireland
Israel
Italy
Jamaica
Japan
Kazakhstan
Kenya
Kosovo
Kuwait
Kyrgyzstan
Latvia
Lebanon
Lithuania
Macedonia
Malaysia
Mexico
Netherlands
New Zealand
Norway
Pakistan
Panama
Paraguay
Peru
Philippines
Poland
Portugal
Romania
Russia
Saudi Arabia
Serbia
Singapore
Slovakia
South Africa
South Korea
Spain
Sweden
Switzerland
Taiwan
Thailand
Ukraine
United Kingdom
United Arab Emirates
United States
Venezuela

Before I Die walls have been stenciled in 38 languages

Afrikaans
Arabic
Armenian
Basque
Bosnian
Bulgarian
Catalonian
Chinese
Czech
Danish
Dutch
English
Estonian
Farsi
Filipino
Finnish
French
Georgian
German
Guaraní
Haitian Kreyol
Hebrew
Hungarian
Italian
Japanese
Kazakh
Korean
Macedonian
Mohawk
Papiamentu
Polish
Portuguese
Russian
Spanish
Swedish
Ukrainian
Welsh
Zulu

The Before I Die project has inspired a number of remixes and variations

After I graduate
As I age
Before I graduate
Before I'm 25
Energy enables
For my city I want
Happiness is
I am drawn to
I am fueling the future by
I dream of a Nigeria
I design because
I go downtown because
I like this quad because
I love coral because
I love Heraklion because
I read books because
I run because
I want Lebanon to
I want the Disabled American Veterans to know
I would like this storefront to become
If I knew I couldn’t fail
If you knew me, you'd know
I’m here because
In 2015
In my life
Lebanon would be better if
My dream in life
One day I will
My dream is
My wish for Liverpool is
Porto Alegre needs more
Someday I will
Today I’m grateful for
We need
What matters most in life
When I graduate

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