Everyone’s invited to contribute to “inspirational” art display

Inviting people to share their personal aspirations in public, Before I die… is a piece of participatory public art that encourages people to reflect on life and contemplate death.

This inspirational project has proved popular in Stockport. Residents are encouraged to come along and take part by sharing their aspirations on the blackboards outside Primark in Merseyway Shopping Centre.

Before I die was created by, Taiwanese American artist Candy Chang after losing someone she loved. The artist channelled her grief and depression into this project covering a crumbling house with chalkboard paint and stencilled it with the prompt; “Before I die I want to _____”.

From this initial idea the project has grown and become hugely popular having already travelled to over 70 countries, including Iraq, China, Brazil and South Africa revealing the similarities and differences in the aspirations of communities across the globe.

Councillor Kate Butler, Executive Member for Economy and Regeneration at Stockport Council, said: “This is a fantastic opportunity for residents to be part of a world famous public art project. Our town is changing and I’d encourage residents to get involved and share their hopes and dreams for the future.

“This is just one of a number of events and projects that will be running in Stockport this year helping to put our town on the map as a place to visit.”

The installation is forms part of the internationally recognised 2017 SICK! Festival which explores belonging and identity, trauma and well-being. It is one of many events being run across Greater Manchester during March, and has come to Stockport for the first time.