Grief Is a Beast That Will Never Be Tamed is an ongoing collaboration between Candy Chang and James A. Reeves that uses the ancient myth of the Minotaur to examine our relationship with grief and the the darker dimensions of life. Rooted in ancient Minoan civilization, the Minotaur has surfaced throughout the past three thousand years as a symbol of mortality and dread, as well as the neglected shadows within society and the individual. The first mural was installed in Greece in 2017, followed by presentations and workshops in Skagaströnd, Iceland, and Lisbon, Portugal.

Candy Chang. Through the activation of public spaces around the world, Taiwanese-American artist Candy Chang examines the relationship between public space and mental health. Influenced by psychology and philosophy, she is interested in the threshold between isolation and community, the role our shared spaces can play in our wellbeing, and the potential for the public realm to reflect the complexity of the individual and collective psyche. After struggling with grief and depression, she created the Before I Die participatory public art project, which has now been installed in over 3,000 cities. She is a TED Senior Fellow, a Tulane Urban Innovation Fellow, and a World Economic Forum Young Global Leader.

James A. Reeves. A writer and educator whose fiction and essays examine dignity, aesthetics, and myth in the digital age, James A. Reeves began researching and writing about grief following the death of his parents. Trained as a graphic designer, his work often addresses the relationship between the image and philosophy. His first book, The Road to Somewhere: An American Memoir, was published by W. W. Norton. He has taught courses in philosophy, the history of art, and the politics of design at Bard Early College, Parsons School of Design, and Pratt Institute. Selected essays about grief: