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'Before I Die' Project Fills 14th Street Space (PHOTOS)

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BEFORE I DIE AT 14TH AND Q NW
Before I Die board at 14th and Q streets NW. | Brandon Wetherbee

WASHINGTON -- Artist Candy Chang wanted to remember someone she lost. She turned a blighted building in New Orleans into a public art space. Using temporary space, discarded planks, chalk board spray paint and chalk, the artist has created a forum for passersby to jot down their wishes. Think of PostSecret but replace shame with hope.

The Before I Die project started last February in Louisiana. Since then, 12 official boards have popped up in seven countries. The D.C. project follows Brooklyn, Johannesburg, Savannah and Chicago.

Located at the corner of 14th and Q streets NW, the board is a welcome addition to a spot that's been graced with construction. What was once a laundromat and will soon be a restaurant is currently being used as an art space. The D.C. project doesn't appear to be an "official" Chang project, but one made from the creator's toolkit.

As of Monday afternoon, the board was full. Rather than erase entries, participants have begun writing their hopes in chalk on the sidewalk and the adjoining temporary construction site wall.

Click through the slideshow below to see the board.

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