Art enthusiast and founder of Wonderfruit, Pete Phornprapha teamed up with renowned Thai contemporary artist, Kamin Lertchaiprasert to crowdfund Universal Connections - a pioneering art project. They proposed to wrap an entire BTS train with mindful art designed by Kamin, to create the city’s first moving art installation and give commuters the chance to take a moment of reflection on their train journey.
The campaign raised 2,608,600 baht (101% of its funding goal) and now the BTS train wrapped in Kamin’s “Spiritual Fractals” design is up and running throughout Bangkok.
Supporters who got behind this project made contributions in return for exclusive rewards including limited edition artwork by Kamin. Due to popular demand for his amazing pieces, we’ve selected Universal Connections to become our first Overtime campaign. That means that even though the campaign is now closed, if you want to get your hands on any of the rewards, you still can. Take a look at Universal Connections’ Overtime page here and browse the exclusive goodies still available.
With the train running, the campaign caught the attention of the press. The Cloud interviewed Pete about the inspiration behind the campaign; BK Magazine admitted that though they have “been quick to criticize the BTS for many things… this is actually kinda cool”; The MATTER gave the campaign a Facebook shoutout, and Khaosod English urged their train-riding readers to “Put the phone down and look up.”
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