Students install international art project in Ryan Hummert Park

Students at the Art Institute of St. Louis have constructed an art project at Lyndover Avenue and Sutton Boulevard, on a corner of Ryan Hummert Park.

The portfolio expansion class is bringing the Before I Die project to St. Louis. Professor, Jenny Kettler, said it’s an international art movement that installs giant chalkboards in parks and public spaces, then invites people to share their innermost thoughts.

In Maplewood, it has an environmental twist: ‘Before I die, I will help nature by…’ Chalk is available for people to write on the board.

“It is our hope that the project draws attention to the environment and the issues of climate change that we all face,” Kettler said. “The chalkboard will act as an open diary and ask people to reflect on how they can help nature in their daily lives. Calling people to think of one simple act they can do to help the environment in their lifetime can make a huge difference.”

The kick-off party is August 24 when Robbie & the Rockin’ Fools play at the park. The unveiling is set for 5:45 p.m. Kettler said the mayor and representatives from the chamber of commerce will be there; Home Depot donated the supplies, so they will be the first to write on the board that night.

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