Haley Ngai

IRL Game in Hong Kong

Class of: 2027

Major: Communication Design BFA

Medium: Wood sculpture

Faculty: Aviva Maya Shulem

Prompt: Student will create a 3D object or artifact that presents their connection with their identified community, personality. It could be sculpture or functional object that express their feelings to a particular community.

Creating a miniature Hong Kong board game out of wood was both a meaningful and challenging experience for me. As I created this board game, I found myself immersed in the beautiful architecture and the severe housing issue in Hong Kong. I wanted to create a contrast between old and new buildings and a game that represents the housing situation in Hong Kong. The process not only demanded precision and patience but also sparked a deep sense of connection to the city’s unique identity. Creating the wood pieces was very difficult since it had to be concise and straight. Some pieces would easily fall down due to the fact that I was only able to use wood glue. However, the challenges I encountered, from choosing the right wood to capturing the essence of the final board game, pushed me to improve my skills and problem solving abilities in design. The final product became more than just a miniature board game, and I had learned a lot more about creating wood objects. This project taught me the value of perseverance and the joy that comes from transforming raw materials into a meaningful piece of art that combines the spirit of Hong Kong and the beauty of the older architecture.