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 façade 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.”