Frequent Questions

Q. Can I build a Before I Die wall in my community?

Individuals, students, and community groups are more than welcome to build their own wall for the general public, so long as it is not for commercial or promotional use. Read through the Build a Wall page and download our free toolkit to help you get started. This folder of resources includes a step-by-step guide, a list of the materials you’ll need, and options to purchase readymade stencils or templates so you can make your own.

Q. Can I create a Before I Die wall to promote my company, product, or organization? Can I use it at a conference or event? Or as a fundraising tool?

The Before I Die project was not intended to be an open-source marketing tool or a free replacement for a well-considered public engagement campaign that is specific to your company, conference, service, or organization. If you’re interested in partnering with us to create something like this, please get in touch and let us know what you have in mind.

Q. Can I create a wall with a different prompt than Before I die?

Absolutely. Our focus is on supporting conversations about mortality and emotional health in public space, but you’re welcome to create a different prompt that is unaffiliated with our project. If it;s helpful, you can download our toolkit of resources below to learn how to create a wall, and we hope you will mention that your project was inspired by the Before I Die project.

Q. Will my wall be featured on the website?

With nearly four thousand walls around the world and dozens more created each week, we are simply unable to create and maintain a web presence for every wall. We occasionally include new walls in our collection that use the Before I Die prompt, typeface, and layout, and we try to represent a range of locations and languages, as well as the different reasons that individuals create a wall for their communities. We hope you will share the story of your wall with us, and we will let you know if it is featured on our website. In the meantime, please share your wall through social media and feel free to create your own web presence for it.

Q. How can I find out if a Before I Die wall is currently in a particular city?

Most Before I Die walls are temporary installations, and with dozens of new walls appearing each month, we’re unable to keep track of the status of each wall. If you know the organization or individual who created the wall you’re searching for, it might be helpful to get in touch with them directly.

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