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Public ‘bucket list’ attracts thousands of entries in Syracuse

What do you want to do before you die? A warehouse on Syracuse's Westside is covered with people's answers.
Syracuse (WSYR-TV) - What do you want to do before you die? A warehouse on Syracuse's Westside is covered with people's answers.

Thousands have written their goals on the 170-foot-long chalk board on the outside of the Gear Factory on the corner of Geddes and Fayette Street in Syracuse.

The chalkboard has this line written all over it: "Before I die I want to..." and then leaves a blank space for people to fill in their wish.

"It’s a really great example of the power of public art and what that can do for a city,” said Rick Destito, owner of the Gear Factory.

The project wraps around the building and has space for about 400 entries. Participation has been so high that the board has had to be erased several times to make room for more.

“I try to get across to people that it's not a new idea, it’s just new to Syracuse,” Destito said. “If something has been successful around the world why can't it be successful here? I want to bring more of that to the city.”

The wall has compelled peopled from all different walks of life to share their most personal goals.

Destito says many of the goals have recurring themes.

Success, adventure, love and happiness.

“I believe when you write it down, it triggers something that makes it more real,” Destito said.

The public art has been on the side of the Gear Factory in Syracuse for about a month and a half.

Destito owns the warehouse, which he rents out to artists who need space to work.

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