Artist and urban creative Candy Chang (creator of the famous “Before I Die”project) was commissioned to create public art for Turku, Finland’s 2011 European Capital of Culture events. She decided to focus her art on a popular bike and pedestrian path that takes students from their residences to the nearby university. The path is known locally as Uraputki, or “Career Path”. In what she says is to “remind students of a larger picture”, Candy turned to path into an interactive art space where students and pedestrians fill in the gaps in the sentences “When I was little I wanted to be ____. Today I want to be ____” using coloured chalk.
Candy has said that the project “is about comparing yourself today and when you were young, reflecting on how you’ve changed or stayed the same, and thinking about the desires you had as a child.”