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Public Art: From Blighted Marigny Home To Book Deal

photos via Candy Chang

An abandoned Marigny house-turned-interactive public art exhibit, "Before I Die," now has a book of its own. Candy Chang's 2011 idea of chalkboard paint over plywood and a "Before I die I want to____" stencil allowed those strolling past to fill in the blank with everything from "learn how to swim without holding my nose" to "do it all over". The house (it's on the corner of Burgundy and Marigny Streets, p.s.) that once served as the backdrop to the project has since been fully renovated sans chalkboard paint. The installation popped up outside of the Ogden Museum of Southern Art last month, securing a spot on Curbed NOLA's must-sees on the public art scene. There's a book launch party at the Ogden tomorrow evening with, of course, a "Before I Die" wall.

· Before I Die [official site]
· New Orleans' public art scene is wild and we have the map [Curbed NOLA]