I Wish This Was….an awesome civic improvement campaign…and it is! 

From brilliant designer and creator, Candy Chang:

Many cities are full of vacant storefronts and people who need things. My New Orleans neighborhood is still without a full-service grocery store. So I made these fill-in-the-blank stickers to provide an easy tool to voice what we want, where we want it. Just fill them out and put them on abandoned buildings and beyond. The stickers are custom vinyl and can be easily removed without damaging property. It’s a fun, low-barrier tool for citizens to provide civic input on-site, and the responses reflect the hopes, dreams, and colorful imaginations in different neighborhoods.


“I Wish This Was” Now on Stiktu!

“What if we could find out what all our neighbors pay in rent? What if we could say what businesses we want in these vacant storefronts? What if we could learn about people’s experiences and stories with particular buildings? What if we could use public space to share and learn what matters most to the people around us?” - Candy Chang

Candy Chang is an artist who takes advantage of public space to share her ideas and encourage discussion. The “I Wish This Was” campaign has been one of her most popular installations, and now you can participate no matter where you are.

Check out the “Stickers” section of Stiktu today and you’ll find an “I Wish This Was” sticker that you can use to express yourself and share your opinion with the world.


I Wish This Was… by Candy Chang

For ‘I wish this was’ Candy Chang was inspired by derelict buildings and areas to create fill-in-the-blank stickers as an experiment to see what would happen if people were given the option to say what they wanted in these vacant spaces.

She placed the stickers in local shops and businesses and also stuck them up in grids in vacant spaces, encouraging people to fill them in. She got a wide range of responses from the ordinary ‘a grocery store’ to ‘full of nymphomaniacs with pHDs’. This project gave people a voice to say what they wanted from their own neighbourhoods and to spark imaginations driven towards city planning. I like this project because it is a simple, cheap and interesting way to engage with the public and to explore how people want to improve their own environments. I would like to see how successful this could be in a smaller environment like Kingston and how the concept of this project could be adapted towards other public interaction projects.