Universal Connections by Pete and Kamin Lertchaiprasert
Be part of Bangkok’s first ever mobile art installation. Support Kamin Lertchaiprasert and Pete’s vision to change your commute by wrapping a BTS train with an inspiring, elemental design.
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This project was successfully funded on 30/06/2017 with 77 backers.
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“What if we could wrap the whole BTS train with an art piece?”

Pete: I’m Pete Phornprapha, an art lover who’s interested in pieces that motivate people to think outside the box. Bangkok is full of people with fresh and creative ideas and yet they are surrounded by thoughtless media and advertising - even on their everyday commute on the BTS. I wondered what effect it would have if all that media and stimuli was substituted for something artistic and inspiring. What if we could wrap the whole BTS train (inside and outside) with an art piece? Could we create Bangkok’s first and biggest mobile art installation, and how might that affect people’s day?

Pete: Right from the initial conception of this idea, I knew there was only one artist I wanted to collaborate with. Ajarn Kamin Lertchaiprasert, considered around the world as one of the top contemporary Thai artists, is what I would describe as a rare breed; he totally lives his art. He meditates every day and then he processes his meditative journey into his art. He’s a very conceptual artist, who makes work that has a deeper meaning and this project is a chance for a lot of people to be exposed to art like that on a larger scale. Kamin is one of the few Thai artists who is collected internationally and he’s exhibited everywhere from the Palais in Tokyo to the Guggenheim in New York. I thought he would be the perfect fit for this project and when I first discussed it with him, Kamin added another dimension to it right away.

“I wondered what effect it would have if all that media and stimuli was substituted for something artistic and inspiring. What if we could wrap the whole BTS train with an art piece?”

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Kamin: I agree with Pete that we live in a visual culture and are bombarded with advertising media every day. I think its lack of substance and human value can cause us to live and think superficially. The art piece I am designing to wrap the BTS is inspired by fractal in geometry. A fractal is a naturally-occurring phenomenon that can be proved mathematically and shows visually how things evolve. I want this piece to help people to refocus on internal and spiritual values as they are confronted with something very elemental, that represents the nature of everything in the universe.

“I agree that we live in a visual culture and are bombarded with advertising media every day. I think its lack of substance and human value can cause us to live and think superficially.”

“The art piece I am designing to wrap the BTS is inspired by fractal in geometry.”

Pete: It seems like a complicated concept but it’s really about helping people to take a moment in their day to meditate on what’s inside. We hope it will be something beautiful for Bangkok, that will uplift people’s minds and souls, to make their commute a little more meaningful and, in turn, our society a better place. This is your chance to be part of something groundbreaking. Sometimes conceptual art can seem a little bit difficult to relate to, but what we want to do with this project is to make it more accessible, and there’s nothing more accessible than the skytrain. We approached BTS with the idea and they were immediately on board. Now we need the support of the people to make it a reality. Check out the rewards; they include limited edition art pieces created by Kamin, which are only available when you pledge your support. While I think you should buy art just because you like it, it’s also worth noting that these are a really good investment, as well as the chance to be part of a pioneering city-wide art project.

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“We hope it will be something beautiful for Bangkok, that will uplift people’s minds and souls, to make their commute a little more meaningful and, in turn, our society a better place.”

About the creators:

Pranitan “Pete” Phornprapha is an entrepreneur with a firm focus on creating experiences that have a social impact. He is the founder of Scratch First, the production company behind sustainable music and arts festival, Wonderfruit.

Ajarn Kamin Lertchaiprasert is a renowned Thai contemporary artist whose works have been exhibited from Bangkok to Tokyo (Palais de Tokyo) to many works in the Guggenheim in New York. He is based in in Chiang Mai where Maiiam Contemporary Art Museum is currently exhibiting a retrospective of his selected artworks.

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LIMITED EDITION SPIRITUAL FRACTAL SILK SCREEN PRINT #2
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Get this stunning silk screen print, featuring one of four of Kamin Lertchaiprasert's exclusive Spiritual Fractal designs. Extremely limited edition, there are only 20 of these in the world! Size: 50 cm x 75 cm.

20,000

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JUL 2017
LIMITED EDITION SPIRITUAL FRACTAL SILK SCREEN PRINT #3
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Get this stunning silk screen print, featuring one of four of Kamin Lertchaiprasert's exclusive Spiritual Fractal designs. Extremely limited edition, there are only 20 of these in the world! Size: 50 cm x 75 cm.

20,000

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JUL 2017
ONE-OF-A-KIND ART PIECE: "LOVE" BY KAMIN LERTCHAIPRASERT
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This one-of-a-kind piece by Kamin, depicting a hornbill, is a must-have for collectors of exclusive and unique art.

Title: Love
Year: 2545 (2002)
Size: 65 x 125cm
Media: charcoal on sa-paper

600,000

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AUG 2017
ONE-OF-A-KIND ART PIECE: "CHILDHOOD" BY KAMIN LERTCHAIPRASERT
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This one-of-a-kind piece by Kamin, depicting his son, is a must-have for collectors of exclusive and unique art.

Title: Childhood
Year: 2545 (2002)
Size: 65 x 125cm
Media: charcoal on sa-paper

600,000

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19 Jul 2017 The train is now running For Public

Great news: Bangkok’s first mobile art installation is now complete and you can catch the Universal Connections BTS train rolling through the city. Check out this recap video: https://youtu.be/qRPhrGBfqOg

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1 Jul 2017 Universal Connections hit 100% For Public

Thanks to the overwhelming support of art lovers across the world, Universal Connections is now funded! Now we can get to work on getting Khun Kamin’s design on the BTS and transforming ads to art.

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12 May 2017 Kamin's interview on Guru Magazine by Bangkok Post For Public

Guru Magazine by Bangkok Post interviewed Kamin on the inspiration behind this project. Check it out here.

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4 May 2017 Thank you TheMatter For Public

Thai magazine, TheMatter have included our campaign in this roundup of projects around the world that are changing advertising space into art.

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25 Apr 2017 Universal Connections on BK Magazine For Public

We're delighted to be featured in this article by BK magazine and we hope to be bringing this project to Bangkok soon with your help.

13 Dec 2016 Campaign start
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