Candy Chang, The Atlas of Tomorrow
Artist Candy Chang has been an inspiration for our work the past several years. We were fortunate to participate and observe one iteration of "Before I Die..." in Asheville, NC, in 2014.
You've likely seen her work in public spaces across the globe. Having co-founded Neighborland, her civic-minded work is something we are especially fond of - and surprisingly so, from a software app.
Her most recent work is he Atlas of Tomorrow, and is featured in Philadelphia, PA. From her website:
Designed with the idea of art as meditation, The Atlas of Tomorrow consists of over 200,000 dots that were finger painted by Chang and the Philadelphia community. Each dot is a finger print, a primal mark that converges into a larger image and speaks to the possibilities when we consider our confusions from different perspectives. By injecting a device for personal reflection into the public realm, The Atlas of Tomorrow reimagines what a mural can do, offers a stepping stone to other mental health services, and promotes emotional wellness as a critical component of thriving communities. Concept and artwork by Candy Chang; stories written by James A. Reeves. A collaboration with the City of Philadelphia Mural Arts Program, the Department of Behavioral Health and Intellectual Disability Services, and Broad Street Ministry. The project is featured in the exhibition By the People: Designing a Better America at Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum from Sep. 30, 2016 through Feb. 26, 2017.
The mural is located at 533 South Juniper Street at South Street in Philadelphia.