Sunday, July 28, 2013

before I die I want to ______________

Outside Flatbreads Pizza in Portland, "Before I Die" and the Maine Center for Creativity have created one of its many public art installations to inspire the thinking of those who pass by.

Candy Chang, the creator of these walls, explains:
Our public spaces are as profound as we allow them to be. The historian Lewis Mumford once wrote that the origins of society were not just for physical survival but for sacred things that offer “a more valuable and meaningful kind of life.” At their greatest, our public spaces can nourish our well-being and help us see that we’re not alone as we try to make sense of our lives... With more ways to share in public space, the people around us can not only help us make better places, they can help us become our best selves.
I was surprised as we left dinner on Friday that all three kids wanted to stop to add their thoughts.

I particularly liked Julia's.

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Learn more about "Before I Die" on their website or on Twitter.

I can't help but think of what it has been like to write for this blog for the past months.  Of sharing in a public space, of the people around us, and of becoming our better selves.

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We're off for a week of internet-free camping and a visit to camp.  More when we return.

1 comment:

  1. Thank you for the feedback. I'm glad you enjoyed it.

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