Candy Chang | Before I Die Wall

1-beforeidieI received a book from K-Land called “Before I Die” by Candy Chang… which I went through in two days.  Such a great book and such a great project.  After the first day of reading… I wanted to see a wall in Ajax.  I thought of the the Ajax Main Library would be a great place to start since the demographics that use that library due to it’s location + size would be perfect mix of the young to the elder members of the community.   I tweeted out to the Town and the Library and they responded.

I sent them a proposal of having a free-standing wall that could be taken apart and moved to Rotary Park in the Summer and be outside and in the winter it could be moved inside the Library.

We will see what happens and the Town’s response.  I told them that I’m sure I could find people to help me to build it and even donate a couple bucks to by some wood and chalkboard paint.

If you have 6 minutes… please watch the video from TED TALKS from Candy that explains how she started it and where it has grown to after she put up one wall in her community.

You can visit the Before I Die website here.

With regards to the book… I thought it would be great to keep it moving forward.  I created some instructions at the front of the book that makes each person who’s hands it falls in have to write their first name, city and their “before i die” statement inside the book… so each person who reads this can also read who’s hands it has passed and those person’s individual statements.  Hopefully the book travels far and touches many people and I hope they start the same type of project where they live.