“when i was little i wanted to be…” the career path project


a few weeks ago, we did a post about Candy Chang’s project Before I Die... see it here!  today, i’m going to tell you about another one of Candy’s projects that has a similar vibe.  this project is entitled Career Path.  in Turku, Finland, there is a popular pedestrian/bike path that people call “Uraputki,” which translates to ‘Career Path’, because lots of students take it to get to the university.  in the typical Candy Chang manner, she decided to involve the people in her art project.

spray painting the pavement with individual fill in the blank boxes, she created an interactive environment that helps us see the bigger picture.  the boxes say: “When I was little I wanted to be ____. Today I want to be ____.” in Finnish, Swedish, and English.  like the Before I Die project, there are bowls of colored chalk so anyone can write and fill in the blanks!

the project only used materials that would not stay long-term – temporary spray chalk will fade away with rain and sun, as well as foot and bike traffic.  Candy prompts people to think about the differences (and similarities) in their goals from when they were a child to now.  what an awesome way to encourage walking/biking as well as a dialogue within the community.  before, the Career Path was just a means of getting from point A to point B – now it’s an actual destination, where passers by can pause, reflect and smile.

some notable mentions:

“When I was little I wanted to be a bird. Today I want to be a speech therapist.”

 “When I was little I wanted to be a princess. Today I want to be an electrician.”

“When I was little I wanted to be a grown-up. Today I want to be a kid.”

“When I was little I wanted to be a minister. Today I want to be a rock god.”

all images belong to candy chang


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