I Wish This Was
New Orleans is full of vacant storefronts and people who need things. This public art project uses fill-in-the-blank stickers as tools for residents to voice what they want where they want it. People can fill them out and put them on abandoned buildings and beyond. It’s a fun, low-barrier tool for citizens to provide civic input on-site, and the results reflect the different needs and desires in local neighborhoods. Stickers are vinyl and can be easily removed without damaging property. They are free and available at cafes, groceries, bookstores, bars, and other places around New Orleans. See, share, and request stickers at iwishthiswas.com.
Candy Chang is an artist who likes to make cities more comfortable for people. She combines architecture, graphic design, and urban planning to make thoughtful public spaces and communication tools for everyday issues of city life. She’s the co-founder of urban design studio Civic Center and has worked in Nairobi, New Orleans, Vancouver, Johannesburg, and New York City on collaborative projects with residents, community organizations, and local government. She’s a TED Fellow and was an art director at The New York Times and a design researcher at Nokia. Her work has been featured at the National Design Museum, the Center for Architecture, and many humble sidewalks.