Jihyun Lee

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Pray for Lost Dreams

ITP, NYU
New York, NY
2014
pray-for-lost-dreams
"A visualization of tweeted prayers for Korean Ferry disaster victims"

In the early morning of 16 April 2014, the 6,825-ton South Korean ferry Sewol, en route from Incheon to Jeju Island, capsized and sank into the Yellow Sea. An estimated 476 passengers were on board, the majority of them were students from Danwon High School on a school field trip. Of those, 172 were rescued, 295 died, and 9 are still missing.

sewol
source: AP/Yonhap

In the face of any disaster, whether natural or man-made, government, nonprofits, corporations, and individuals come together to support recovery by providing medical, physical, and financial assistance. However, opportunities for the general public to emotionally support the victims and their families are few.

Pray for Lost Dreams is a virtual place for people to share their prayers for repose of the souls lost in this disaster. Each wish represents a balloon uplifting the ferry sunken in the middle of the cold, deep sea.

billboard
If installed in public space
mobile
Mobile user interfaces for a wisher
animation
The more people make their prays, the higher the ferry is lifted up
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