I Wish This Was was inspired by vacant storefronts. Candy Chang created fill-in-the-blank stickers as an experiment to see what might happen if we could easily say what we want in these vacant spaces. She placed boxes of free stickers in businesses around the city and posted grids of blank stickers on vacant buildings, so anyone walking by could fill one out. The stickers are vinyl and they can be easily removed without damaging property. Responses ranged from the functional to the poetic: I wish this was… a butcher shop, a community garden, a bike rack, a place to sit and talk, an affordable farmer’s market, a taco stand, a donut/flower shop, full of nymphomaniacs with PhDs, a source of tasty healthy food I could afford, my art gallery, your dream, Heaven. Part of the Ethnographic Terminalia exhibit at DuMois Gallery.
Those interested in using the stickers can print their own by downloading these files. Also check out Neighborland, a tool to help people share and take ideas a step further through a combination of an online page and public installations.
To those concerned about the subjunctive mood (“I wish this was” vs. “I wish this were”): Long discussions on the topic suggest that both usages are acceptable. This project is about striking up a casual conversation in the city.
2010. Vinyl stickers, 4.5″ x 3″. New Orleans, LA.