Thursday, November 03, 2011

More Than Just Candy

Candy Chang is an artist who makes cities more comfortable for people. She’s passionate about redefining the ways we share information in public space to improve our neighborhoods and our personal well-being. Her experience in design, street art, and urban planning informs many of her projects, which use public space to spark dialogue and engage citizens with their cities and with one another.
She has asks some really thought provoking questions and places them in the open for you/us to participate with. The project, Before I Die, turned the side of an abandoned house in her neighborhood in New Orleans into a giant chalkboard where residents can write on the wall and remember what is important to them. Stenciled with the sentence “Before I die I want to _______”, the wall became a space where we could learn the hopes and dreams of the people around us.

Another one of her projects, I Wish This Was came to life by the inspiration from vacant storefronts in her neighborhood. With a simple removable sticker she asked the questions, What if we could easily voice what we want, where we want it? How can we influence the businesses and services in our neighborhoods?

Combining street art and urban planning, Candy created fill-in-the-blank stickers that say “I wish this was ____.” She placed boxes of free stickers in businesses around the city and posted grids of blank stickers and a permanent marker on vacant storefronts to invite passersby to write their thoughts. Responses ranged from the functional to the poetic: I wish this was… a butcher shop, a community garden, a bike rack, an affordable farmer’s market, a Chinese restaurant, a place to sit and talk, Brad Pitt’s house, real soul food, a dancing school, full of nymphomaniacs with PhDs, Heaven.

Some of her other projects I love are: Hello Neighbors, a take on the pull tab flyer. Neighbor Door Knob Hanger, a fun way to hang and share neighborly resources...very clever. And lastly, Post-it Notes for Neighbors, Real estate revealed, and interactive installation that helps demystify the topic by inviting people to anonymously share information about their living situation.

I urge you to check her site, she's definitely got the low down on being a good neighbor and you can say she's a pretty good guerilla artist too.

1 comment:

  1. This is really awesome...thanks for sharing!


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