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Career Path

Perspective for students

As part of the European Capital of Culture exhibition, Chang created a participatory public art project in Turku, Finland that invites people to reflect on the arc of their career aspirations. Located on a university path nicknamed Uraputki, or “Career Path,” the installation features prompts in English, Finnish, and Swedish that ask passersby what they wanted to be when they were a child and what they want to be today. The project transformed a neglected space into a constructive one for students to reflect on their childhood dreams, how they’ve changed or stayed the same, and how this perspective might inform their current lives. Responses included: “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 bird. Today I want to be a speech therapist.” “When I was little I wanted to be a minister. Today I want to be a rock god.” Commissioned by Flux Aura and Artist as Neighbor.

2011, Turku, Finland. Temporary spray chalk, chalk, concrete path. 250′ x 8′. Lighting design by Anni Hapuoja. Installation assistance by Pete Koivunen, Anni Hapuoja. Studio assistance by Kristina Kassem. Project coordination by Tonja Goldblatt and Suvi Aarnio.

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

“When I was little I wanted to be a paleontologist. Today I want to be happy.” “When I was little I wanted to be kind. Today I want to be an air hostess.” “When I was little I wanted to be a truck driver. Today I want to be ??”

“”When I was little I wanted to be a cowboy. Today I want to be a designer.” “When I was little I wanted to be a secret agent. Today I want to be a psychologist.” “When I was little I wanted to be a teacher. Today I want to be a teacher.”

Photos of the installation process:

Photo by Pete Koivunen

Photo by Pete Koivunen

Unless credited otherwise, all photos by Candy Chang

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