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The global community art project, Before I Die, is coming to Riverfront Park.
Consisting of a large wall with the words “Before I die…” the project encourages the public to fill in their own hopes, dreams, and aspirations. The project is meant to help de-stigmatize discussion of death, cultivate emotional health, and create public spaces that reflect what matters most to us as individuals and as a community.
Artist Candy Chang created the original wall on an abandoned house in New Orleans after the death of someone she loved. Since then, over five thousand Before I Die walls have been created in 78 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 with one another.
The wall will be placed along the back wall of the U.S. Pavilion, facing inward, and can be enjoyed by park goers during regular park hours (5 a.m. to midnight) now through October 31.
Documentation of wall messages will be shared on www.riverfrontspokane.org and Riverfront Spokane's social media channels.
To learn more about the Before I Die Project, visit www.beforeidieproject.com.
Photo by James A. Reeves