Here's the inside track on the Stranger Things mural causing a social media sensation at Siam.

Since Oct 4, people passing by the Bangkok Art and Culture Center (BACC) have been met by a huge art mural of displaying two characters from the hit Netflix series Stranger Things escaping a monster while falling into the ground.

The piece is actually a marketing stunt by Netflix, who commisoned young street Thai artist Piyasak ‘Mauy’ Khiaosaard to promote the upcoming season of the show, which begins airing on Oct 27. The experienced Bangkok street artist is not new to murals of this size, having previously painted the robot that sits on the wall of new Ari hanging out spot Dice Boardgame and Co-Working Space. 

For his Stranger things commission, Mauy snuck in the occasional Thai element, like replacing Western pine trees with local banana trees.

You can find another example of Mauy's work in Taak province, where he was commisioned to paint a large sea turtle carrying a tree on the side of an abandoned building, in an effort to raise awareness for environmental conservation.

After first airing in July 2016, Stranger Things' blend of sci-fi horror and 1980s nostalgia has created a sensation around the globe. The series swept up at the 2017 SAG awards and MTV Movie Awards earlier in the year.

The Stranger Things mural outside the BACC will b wiped clean later today (Oct 20).


Before the second season returns, here's a taster of what to expect, as well as some songs from the hit score:

Stranger Things Season 2's trailer

Should I Stay or Should I Go by the Clash

 

Atmosphere by Joy Division

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