Visual Arts, City Picks

Before I Die…

When: Sat., Oct. 15, 5-8 p.m. 2011

It took Nicole Diefenbach, along with five friends, a total of four and a half hours to paint the outer wall of Redux black. "The top half was the worst," the City Paper account executive says. "We were on ladders, we were on top of the building, we had these 20-foot-long extension poles. The top was really, really colorful, so it took three coats of paint." The top half was harder, because she was using regular paint, but the bottom was done with chalkboard paint. Diefenbach’s prepped the wall for her Before I Die... mural, which will be officially unveiled on Saturday. She was inspired by the original Before I Die... project in New Orleans that invited passers-by to write their aspirations on blank lines on the wall. Diefenbach doesn’t have an arts background; she initially went to former Redux Executive Director Karen Ann Myers for advice, and conveniently, Redux was looking for a new mural. "We talked about it," Diefenbach says. "She submitted the proposal, and it was approved the next day." What does Diefenbach want to do before she dies? "I have no idea," she says. "People keep asking me that. My boyfriend’s like ‘You should write: created a Before I Die... wall, and check it off.’" The mural will be up for six months; photos will be taken weekly, then the wall will be erased. So grab some chalk, be silly, be serious, or both. The unveiling coincides with Redux’s Professional Development Day.

Price: Free

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