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hoa hakananai'a

Stolen Friend

Cross Platform

In collaboration

Neeti Kumar

Shujing Shen

“Stolen Friend” is an immersive cross-platform experience about Hoa Hakananai’a, the Moai statue displayed at the British Museum. It supports the idea of decolonization of the British Museum by exploring the story of Hoa Hakananai’a.


The storyline is non-linear by splitting the narrative structure into two with different endings based on the player’s decision of returning the Moai to Easter Island or keeping it at the Museum. It aims to trigger public discussion, by positioning the user as a character of a half-British half-Rapa Nui descent who is given the task of saving the spirit of Hoa Hakananai'a from the British Museum. 


the British Museum

The journey of Hoa Hakananai from Easter Island to the Britsh Museum.

Hoa Hakananai'a

Stolen Artifact, hoa hakananai'a
hoa hakananai'a brought in by ship
Easter Island
British Museum augmented Reality

Location Based AR

The Augemented Reality Experience

Location Based VR

The Virtual Reality  Experience

British Museum augmented Reality
British Museum augmented Reality

Mobile App

The AR Experience

Virtual Reality, Hoa hakananai'a
Sad Easter Island, Stolen Friend
Happy Easter Island, Stolen Friend

VR Experience

Level Design

Virtual Reality, Hoa hakananai'a, British Museum
UI design for stolen friend

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