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Monday, 27 January 2014

Candy Chang TED Talk

A little history and insight to this  project, the inspiring Candy Chang

Some recent posts on the Launceston Before I Die project. Please come and share your thoughts on the big chalkboard on Boland Street

Sunday, 26 January 2014

The Kindness of Strangers

Warning rather unsavoury comments on our board if you are easily offended don't look at the first photo

but as with all of life the good goes with the bad. 
Hobbled up the street Friday morning to clean off some offensive comments from the board, after a few complaints. Struggling to clean the board with a kitchen sponge and my crutch, when along came a nice little family visiting from Sydney, who offered to help. Father has daughter climb onto his shoulders so she can clean off the board while Mother holds her steady, seemingly unconcerned that she is being exposed to this offensiveness. 

Very refreshing positive attitude to life take the good with the bad and don't dwell on the bad things get your sponge out and clean it off. 

Fathers comments that what we were doing here is ' this is what it is all about' 

Permission to use these photos was granted by smartphone message from Gundagai 

Sunday, 19 January 2014

Chris up a Ladder

Our trusty volunteer Chris the Canadian transplant up a ladder, after all this time construction is moving ahead quickly.

Loitering with Intent

A little bit about what we are doing on Boland Street:

Before I Die is a global, community-orientated public art project
originally initiated by Candy Chang in New Orleans.
Launceston Artists Jude Maslin and Anthony Rienits were inspired by
Candy’s TED talk and felt that the Project would have benefits within  their local community.
After finding a suitable vacant property, the owners were contacted
and permission was obtained to construct the project on site.
The initial project is located on a busy thoroughfare, Boland Street,
Launceston, between a large Centrelink services centre and a hotel
(formerly the Hub) on the corner of Tamar Street.

Large Blackboards will be constructed on the building fa├žade with ‘Before I Die’ and lines stenciled on them for participants to express themselves using chalk available in baskets on site. 
The Project will be launched at 5.30pm on Thursday 23rd January and will run for approximately a month.  Passersby will be encouraged to share their thoughts, feelings, aspirations and most importantly understanding  towards each other and  the richly diverse Launceston community.

Based on the review and documented success of the initial project, we will be endeavouring to continue the project with the involvement of other regional communities within Tasmania.

Bofore I Die,  Launceston is sponsored by Tas Regional Arts

As Candy says; “remembering what is important to us, understanding our neighbours and improving the well being of our communities and ourselves.” 

Construction Begins

At last, construction of the Big Chalkboard has begun, we are so excited about this project. A nice cool day here in Launceston for our fantastic builder Roger after last weeks heatwave conditions.

Before I die TED Talk

The TED talk that inspired this community art project from the wonderful Candy Chang

Grand Opening

Grand Opening this Thursday January 23 at Boland Street Launceston, located between Centrelink and the Pub 5.30pm start.

Take up your chalk and write, share your thoughts, aspirations, feelings… your visions for the future. Come and celebrate life.