‘Before I Die’ Wall Comes to Davis!

before i die wall filled with words

‘Before I Die I Want to…’ is a publicly participatory art project that passersby can freely write down ideas of things they want to do before death. This project, now a part of 70 different countries in the world, reimagines the relationship with death and the community, and helps bring perspective to live life to the fullest.

Davis’ wide range of diversity is bringing the artwork panels in four of the main languages spoken here: English, Spanish, Arabic and Chinese.


Where: Before I Die is on 1st Street, between E Street and F Street, on the south-facing exterior wall of Regal Davis Holiday 6 movie Theater. The wall was installed in late September, with an official unveiling on October 13th at 5:30pm.

Who: This is a collaborative project of the City of Davis and Yolo Hospice; with additional support provided by International House Davis, the UC Davis Extension’s International English and Professional Programs, and local artist Kyle Monhollen.

How to Participate: The entire community is invited to participate in the artwork by using chalk to add your personal aspirations to the communal list. Additionally, if you are fluent in English, Spanish, Arabic or Chinese and would like to be involved as a wall monitor, please contact Louise Joyce at ljoyce@yolohospice.org or (530) 758-5566 for additional information.