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Nanaimo residents sign the Before I die, I want to …  inspirational sign at Red Door Yoga on Aulds Road. The sign, only the second in Canada, is aworldwide public artwork project by New Orleans artist Candy Chang.  - Photo contributed
Nanaimo residents sign the Before I die, I want to … inspirational sign at Red Door Yoga on Aulds Road. The sign, only the second in Canada, is aworldwide public artwork project by New Orleans artist Candy Chang.
— image credit: Photo contributed

A global community inspiration project is making a difference for people in Nanaimo.

Red Door Yoga, erected a inspirational chalkboard at its Aulds Road location  – the outdoor board encourages passersby to complete a simple sentence: “Before I die I want to …”

The chalkboard is a continuation of a larger, now global, movement initiated by American artist and urban planner Candy Chang in early 2011. It is the second of its kind to be erected in Canada.

Deeply affected by the death of a close friend, Chang used the side of an abandoned building in New Orleans to create a large, interactive public artwork that encouraged her community to complete the sentence publicly by contributing to the board.

The concept gained worldwide traction and has been featured in communities in Mexico, the Netherlands, Australia, Kazakhstan, Canada and more.

“What Candy Chang started is simple and effective: taking just a moment to reflect and commit to something can be life-changing,” said Kavita Maharaj, Red Door Yoga owner. “We’re excited to be continuing this project here in Nanaimo.”

The public can contribute to Nanaimo’s Before I Die installation, by visiting Red Door Yoga Studio at 7282 Aulds Rd.

The project continues until Oct. 28, after which photographs of the board will be submitted to the Civic Center of New Orleans’ website, to join photographs of other boards from around the world.

For more information please call Maharaj at 250-390-9367 or e-mail kavita@reddooryoga.ca.

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