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'Before I Die' art exhibit means to inspire in Birmingham

"Before I Die" is an interactive art exhibit located on 14th Street across from Regions Field. Source: WBRC video "Before I Die" is an interactive art exhibit located on 14th Street across from Regions Field. Source: WBRC video
The exhibit gives people the opportunity to write out their response to the phrase, "Before I die..." Source: WBRC video The exhibit gives people the opportunity to write out their response to the phrase, "Before I die..." Source: WBRC video
Some answers were serious, others, like this one, were more light-hearted. Some answers were serious, others, like this one, were more light-hearted.
The exhibit will be up until September, then it will be donated to REV Birmingham. Source: WBRC video The exhibit will be up until September, then it will be donated to REV Birmingham. Source: WBRC video
BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) -

Whether it's climbing Mount Everest or getting married, we all have hopes and dreams of things we want to accomplish before we die. Now, a new art exhibit in Birmingham is giving people a public venue to share that list.

It is a project called "Before I Die" and it's best described really as an interactive exhibit. It is supposed to make you think about the things that are really important in your life and what you want to accomplish, then you have an opportunity to record and share those thoughts.

The exhibit is located on 14th Street, directly across from Regions Field and consists solely of a 60' black board with the prompt "Before I die I want to..." The blanks are left open for people to fill in.

The idea sprang from the mind of a New Orleans artist after she lost a loved one.

"Her idea was to reuse our public spaces and share our personal aspirations in these public spaces," said Matthew Hamilton, the co-organizer of TED-X Birmingham, the organization who helped build the exhibit.

Victoria Trapani was one of those who stopped to sign the wall in its first day of operation..

"I would like to save someone's life before I die," wrote Trapani in the blank.

Others were not quite as serious. Some wrote they wanted to make the perfect scrambled eggs, another that they wanted to swim the British Channel. Hamilton says there's no right or wrong answer, what is important is the message.

"We're often discouraged from talking about death, but actually thinking about death is a very powerful activity that helps you clarify what's important in your life," Hamilton said.

The exhibit will be up until late September. At that time, it will be broken down and donated to REV Birmingham. So far, there are about 100 of these blackboards worldwide.

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