Bringing Stranger Things' Vecna to life is no easy task. Actor Jamie Campbell Bower had to sit in the makeup chair for over seven hours to transform into the villain, so creating a 12-foot sculpture of him is one tall order.
In celebration of the release of Stranger Things 4: Volume II, Netflix Philippines brought the Upside Down to Glorietta 4 complete with vines and a huge sculpture of the menacing Vecna.
A pair of local artists, Joseph Mendoza and Allan Nicdao Pangilinan, made the sculpture together in a span of two weeks.
"Gawa sa styrofoam at paper mâché and wax clay [si Vecna]," Mendoza told PhilSTAR L!fe. "Halos two weeks namin ginawa."
Even though the time given to make the sculpture was quite short, the two artists enjoyed working on it.
"Habanng ginagawa namin si Vecna, masaya kami at puro kulitan lang tawanan maghapon kaya di na rin namin napansin ung pressure," Pangilinan added. This Rizal-based artist has been sculpting for 20 years and has made it his bread and butter.
Mendoza shared photos of their work while it was still in progress. His post has since gone viral with over 13,000 shares and 43,000 likes on Facebook, which took him by surprise.
"Proud ako at nakakataba ng puso lalo na sa mga magagandang comment nila," the Tarlac-based sculptor said. "Di namin inexpect na mag-viviral si Vecna kasi gusto lang namin ipakita [yung gawa namin] sa mga friends namin sa Facebook."
Mendoza also urged aspiring artists to continue honing their craft and to love it.. "Maging matiyaga lang at tuloy-tuloy lang hanggang makuha yung gusto nila. Mahalin ang kanilang ginagawa at mag-pray kay Lord."
"Dapat may passion sa ginagawa. Wag titigil para mas madevelop pa ang talent, lalo ng mga kabataan," Pangilinan added.
The Vecna sculpture was up at Glorietta 4 from June 29 to July 2.