Livian Chen

Jìng (Praying Appliance)

Class of: 2025

Major: Interior Design BFA

Medium: Chipboard and wire

Faculty: Aviva Shulem

Prompt: Students will develop a 3D object/artifact, which demonstrates its connection to the community you identify with or define you, your belief, and your personality. Students will conduct written Research and visual observation based on the history of community” development, family structures, personal experience, or any other inspiring community.

When it comes to community, it reminds me of my grandmother, who goes to the temple and prays every single day in the early morning. She visits different temples in my city to pray for the entire family not only for health but also for us to have smooth lives. One of the largest temples in Taipei City is Xingtian Temple which also is the one my grandmother visits the most. How exactly do my grandmother and the other participants pray at the temple? They light up the incense and the gold money to worship the god. However, due to the fact that this temple is harming the air pollution by burning the incense every single day. The temple has canceled these two traditional actions for praying. The amount of waste of incense can be circled around Taiwan 959 times which is an incredible amount of waste, especially the fact that the average visitor of a day may reach 20,000. This is how the Buddhist community has gathered people around to pray for each of their cherries. For someone who is extremely sincere and pious to the god-like grandmother, it is kind of a hard truth for her to not pray with incense. After they canceled the utilization of incense, people there can only put their hands together and pray in their minds. After spilling out their wish in their mind, they will kneel down on a soft chair several times to make their wish come true.