Warning rather unsavoury comments on our board if you are easily offended don't look at the first photo
but as with all of life the good goes with the bad.
Hobbled up the street Friday morning to clean off some offensive comments from the board, after a few complaints. Struggling to clean the board with a kitchen sponge and my crutch, when along came a nice little family visiting from Sydney, who offered to help. Father has daughter climb onto his shoulders so she can clean off the board while Mother holds her steady, seemingly unconcerned that she is being exposed to this offensiveness.
Very refreshing positive attitude to life take the good with the bad and don't dwell on the bad things get your sponge out and clean it off.
Fathers comments that what we were doing here is ' this is what it is all about'
Permission to use these photos was granted by smartphone message from Gundagai
A little bit about what we are doing on Boland Street:
Before I Die is a global,
community-orientated public art project
originally initiated by Candy
Chang in New Orleans.
Launceston Artists Jude Maslin
and Anthony Rienits were inspired by
Candy’s TED talk and felt that
the Project would have benefits withintheir local community.
After finding a suitable vacant
property, the owners were contacted
and permission was obtained to
construct the project on site.
The initial project is located on
a busy thoroughfare, Boland Street,
Launceston, between a large
Centrelink services centre and a hotel
(formerly the Hub) on the corner
of Tamar Street.
Large Blackboards will be constructed on the building façade with ‘Before I
Die’ and lines stenciled on them for participants to express themselves using
chalk available in baskets on site.
The Project will be launched at
5.30pm on Thursday 23rd January and will run for approximately a
month.Passersby will be
encouraged to share their thoughts, feelings, aspirations and most importantly
understandingtowards each other
andthe richly diverse Launceston
Based on the review and documented
success of the initial project, we will be endeavouring to continue the project
with the involvement of other regional communities within Tasmania.
Bofore I Die,Launceston is sponsored by Tas Regional
As Candy says; “remembering what is important to us, understanding our
neighbours and improving the well being of our communities and ourselves.”