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Parsons School of Design MFA Design and Technology program theses2016 MFA Design and Technology program theses ➔ Wild They Belong


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Kate Sicchio (thesis advisor)
Andrew Zornoza (thesis advisor)
Edward Jefferson (thesis advisor)
Kehui Liu (designer)


May 9 2016


I created an interactive installation for children from 7 to 10 to recognize the cruelty of using animals for entertainment. I intend to evoke sympathy and convey the idea of animals belong in nature. My ultimate goal is to raise awareness and demand my audiences not to participate in these activities. There are three scenarios representing the most common animal entertainment business — the circus, Sea World and the zoo. Each scenario tells a story from one aspect of the cruelty. I’m focusing on children because they are the main audience of the circus, Sea World and the zoo. By reducing their audience, I hope someday this kind of business will become a history. Also, most children go to these places because they love animals and have no idea it’s actually cruel to them. I want to help children to learn the truth. Inspired by Davy and Kristin McGuire’s work The Icebook, I used project animations on a pop-up book to tell stories about human forcing animals to perform for us instead of letting them living in their natural habitats. Audiences need to place an animal figure on the book to trigger the animation and also remove the animals to stop animations and flip over to the next page. I want my audiences to experience the contrast of living freely and living constrained and living freely again. Audiences have the responsibility and ability to free the animals just like in the real life.




Kehui Liu. Wild They Belong. May 9 2016. Parsons School of Design MFA Design and Technology program theses; 2016 MFA Design and Technology program theses. New School Archives and Special Collections Digital Archive. Web. 20 Aug 2019.

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