Arts and Culture

Shani Gilchrist



Express your dreams in public art project in Columbia

Posted 9/5/2013 1:29:00 PM

I’ve mentioned in the past that I sit on the board for One Columbia for Arts and History, and today is a big day for the organization. Our role in Columbia is to celebrate the city’s vibrant creative culture by helping artists and nonprofit groups to shine and expand audiences. When Karl Larsen, a local artist, approached our former executive director about working with him and local groups to bring a unique form of expression to the city, our board was impressed. So, today we unveil “Before I Die.” No, we’re not spending the afternoon in morbid solemnity. This is a project about the expression of hope and optimism.

Before I Die is a global art project that invites people to reflect on their lives and share their personal aspirations in public space. In each host city, a headlined wall is erected with lines for individuals to write what they would like to see for the world. People passing by can pick up a piece of chalk and write these thoughts on the wall.

“In March this year, after stumbling upon this amazing project and its undeniable ability to capture the hearts of many, I made it my mission to bring it here to the Capital City. With the help of One Columbia, Mark Plessinger of First Thursdays on Main and many others, ‘Before I Die’ is officially coming to downtown Columbia,” Larsen says.

The wall will stay on the 1600 Block of Main Street for the month of September. While visiting the downtown area you can do your part to add more positive vibes to the world by making your statement. Send the vibes even further by taking a picture of your statement and sharing it on Twitter using the hashtags #beforidie and #columbiasc.