When: Launches 20th January 2019
Where: Historic Village, 17th Ave
The Tauranga Death Café Community is bringing the conversation around dying and death, mortality and life, out from behind the closed café doors. How? With a giant chalkboard cube, lots of coloured chalk and the invitation. "Before I Die I want to…"
The Before I Die Wall (Tauranga) is a participatory art installation. It is organic and alive, being at the whim of wit and weather. Everyone who passes by is invited to take part, both in writing on the cube wall, and through the conversations that may spark from the invitation. The cube wall becomes a visual record of the thoughts and feelings in our community, around what matters most, goals, fears, dreams and aspirations. A snapshot of the hearts and minds of the people we share this town with. Photos of the cube will be regularly updated on Instagram.
The original wall was created on an abandoned house in New Orleans, by the artist Candy Chang after the death of someone she loved. Today there are over 4,000 walls around the world. The Tauranga cube will become part of the global community paying tribute to living an examined life.
From the outset, this project has fired up hearty conversations with the generous team of supporters working to create the cube at the Tauranga Historic Village. The construction of the cube has been trusted to the capable hands of the Men's Shed. Arts advice and consultation was gratefully received from the Incubator Creative Hub, as was the enthusiastic backing from Creative BOP.
The Before I Die Wall will be launched at the Tauranga Historic Village on Sunday 20 January. A pop up Death Café will also be happening beside the cube on this day. The cube will be onsite at the Historic Village for a limited time over summer.
The Tauranga Death Café community is a group of folk from a diverse range of ages, backgrounds and ethnicities. The core team of volunteers who are overseeing the project bring skills like building, event management, planning, art and humour.
Funding for this project provided through Tauranga City Council and the Creative Community Scheme NZ
Media Contact: Carole Mahood Tel: 0220 689 183 email: firstname.lastname@example.org