New York, USA

Blue construction barriers are almost as common as pigeons in New York City. Many of them are blank or plastered with ads. As the restaurant Shake Shack built their new storefront in the heart of downtown Brooklyn, their generous team turned their barriers into a constructive place for the community and one of the longest Before I Die walls ever. Theresa Mullen, who spearheaded the installation, shared stories of how the wall unfolded over its three-month life. “Hardly anyone writes anymore, so it was especially poignant to see all this sharing with the written word,” she said. “I watched a woman stand for a long time, reading, smiling, thinking. She finally wrote ‘Find God’ in small words and started crying. All of this sharing amongst total strangers in such a heavily trafficked location was breathtaking.”

Built by Shake Shack

October 2011

Made with love by Theresa Mullen, Andrew Mccaughan, Jessica Rothschild, Mike Tuiach, Kevin Schwartz, Moe Foy, Lace Abel-bey, Rebecca Hastings, Stephen Pirmal, Tom Hiro, and Shawmut Design And Construction Team