Archive for April, 2011

everyday symmetry

From Everynone and Radiolab.  The unexpected symmetry in everyday life, our yearning for balance, and how beautiful imperfect matches can be. Just watch.

the what is important wall

A better title is the “before I die wall” but I was a little concerned no one would read it. And if I did, and you didn’t, then we would have all missed the remarkable, inspiring, provocative and powerful work of Candy Chang in New Orleans.

Candy, a New Orleans-based installation artist, turned the walls of an abandoned house in her neighborhood into a giant chalkboard, stenciled with the words “before I die” and invited everyone to write their wishes and dreams in the space. And they did. Over and over again.

It was filled in a day.

And when it was washed, it was filled again the next day.

The house has been sold, and the wall was scheduled to come down a few days ago.  I know New Orleans is a special place, with an amazing soul and spirit. But I can’t help but think about other communities and neighborhoods, and what would happen if we trusted ourselves, and each other, with an inspired idea and the tools for art.

Before I die, I would like to conjur up a brilliant, joyful, empowering idea, and have the courage to make it happen. And I just might.

Thanks to Lisa of Peripheral Perceptions for the find.