Before I Die

2017 Art of Compassion




Before I Die Concept

Based on the work of artist Candy Chang, we are bringing the ‘Before I Die Project’ to Des Moines as a way for people to contemplate death, reflect on life and share their personal aspirations in public. We will provide spaces around our community where people can publicly answer the question, “Before I Die, I want to…” by writing their thoughts on chalkboard forms.

Responses, ranging from the poetic to the profound, will reveal the community’s longings, anxieties, joys and struggles while exploring how public space can cultivate self-examination, compassion and inspire action to live fully. It’s not about death—it is very much about living!

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We would like to thank our Public Art Sponsors:


Greg and Suzie Burt