Virginia Beach erects the city’s first Before I Die Wall

The space is to examine common anxieties, contemplate mortality, and better understand what it means to be human.

VIRGINIA BEACH – Art meets the Atlantic Ocean in Virginia Beach – with a twist.

 A weekend of fun, art and coastal preservation kicks off Friday, May 12 at the ViBe Creative District on 18th Street between Cypress and Mediterranean.

The inaugural ViBe Creative District Art Festival will start Friday and run through Sunday. Vendors and art exhibits will be on display and various artists will hold concerts throughout the weekend.

In addition, VSA Resorts will unveil its Before I Die Wall at the event. The Wall is a national phenomenon that has made a mark in more than 2,000 locations, in 76 countries and in 35 languages. The global participatory public art project was originally created on an abandoned house in New Orleans by artist Candy Chang after the death of someone she loved. 

“We are honored and thrilled to bring this trending art work to Virginia Beach,” said Nadine Paniccia, Vice President of Sales and Marketing for VSA Resorts of Virginia Beach. “We are hoping this makes a mark on our community and spurs people to live better lives.”

Each wall is created by local residents who want to make a space in their community to restore perspective and share more with one another. Each wall is a tribute to living an examined life.

NBS News says the wall is “the stuff of everyday life from people of all walks of life… Young or old, rich or poor, the Before I Die wall does make you think as you walk by.”

Participants will have the opportunity to write on the wall and share their thoughts and feelings with others. The wall is located by VSA’s lot on 17th Street between Atlantic and Pacific, directly behind Dough Boys.

In addition to the festival fan fare, Lynnhaven River Now will also be on hand celebrating 15 years of conservation efforts.

For more information:
Shannon Kane
EWR Marketing
P: (757)389-8818

ViBe Creative District Art Festival

When: Friday, May 12- Sun. May 14

Where: 18th Street between Cypress and Mediterranean

Cost: Free and open to the public, concerts charge a fee