Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Before I Die Installed in Roxbury

"Before I Die is a global art project that invites people to reflect on their lives and share their personal aspirations in public space. This project was started by Candy Chang on an abandoned house in New Orleans after she lost someone she loved," according to the project's website. Today, with the help of YouthBuild Boston and with the blessing of owner Nuestra Comminidad, yours truly installed Before I Die at the corners of Washington and Bartlett Streets in Roxbury. The irony is that, Bartlett Yard, as this community has known it for several years, will die as an eyesore and environmental hazard and be reborn into a vibrant arts space. Before it dies, come and write your aspirations and become part of that rebirth. If you can't make it to Roxbury, check for more pictures on the Before I Die page devoted to this installation.
Corner of Washington and Bartlett before installation.
Figuring out how they'll mount the panels
Michael Chavez, YouthBuild Boston Director of Project Development & Management shows the trainees how it's done.
Securing the panels.
First panel and aspirations by passing MassArt students
Carlos with his contribution
Stenciling the title.
YouthBuild crew and Mark Matel, Bartlett Yard Project Manager, (holding stencil).