Waterworks in partnership with The Community Care of Southern Piedmont will present two exhibitions that dovetail to explore the twin concepts of time and “our place in the word,” a juried group show, sourced thorough an open call to artists and a public conversation wall.
The wall, inspired by New Orleans's artist Candy Chang who following the sudden and unexpected death of a dear friend needed a way to cope with her loss and bring clarity to the things that were most meaningful in her life. With the help of friends she turned the side of an abandoned house into a giant chalkboard, and stenciled it with a fill-in-the-blank sentence: “Before I die, I want to...” Little did she know the magnitude of responses and the positive impact on communities across the globe it would create. Since the original wall was erected in 2009, more than 400 walls have been created in over 25 languages and in over 60 countries.
Waterworks will create four Before I Die engagement walls installed within the gallery spaces at the art center. The goal of the public response wall is not only to provide a space for visitors to the museum to share personal aspirations, but additionally serve as a platform to create public awareness, education, and conversation around Advance Directives (individual advance care planning).
To make this opportunity and experience accessible to as many people as possible, six or up to seven Before I Die public response depositories will be constructed and placed in high traffic facilities in Rowan and Cabarrus counties, including two local hospitals, a public library, and three college campuses. Responses will be collected periodically during the exhibition and brought to the gallery and featured in a special display.