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Have you heard about Truck Art of Pakistan

Often called "Art on Wheels", the truck art of Pakistan is a truly unique phenomenon.

The truck's metal body is painted with elaborate floral designs, intricate mirror work, bits of , portraits of local heroes, sports and movies celebrities, or landscapes or an aesthetic amalgamation of all. The designs are often suggested by truck owners who spend long duration on the road so the trucks often become their homes away from home.

On highways and motorways, people sometimes gape at the riot of colors and clanging metal as these dazzling trucks zoom past the cars.

Couplets or wise sayings are often painted the back of the so that drivers behind the trucks can have a bit of chuckle.

I read somewhere that a truck painted by master Ali is now a permanent part of Smithsonian museum in Washington DC thanks to interest and effort of Jonathan Mark Kenoyer, an anthropology professor at the University of Michigan.

Image Credit » Picture taken from my own camera

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Scorpie wrote on October 18, 2014, 1:37 PM

If that was the USA the trucks would be covered with paying advertisements instead of art. Cool though!

Kasman wrote on October 18, 2014, 2:07 PM

I have heard of these vehicles and seen some on TV travel programmes. The drivers must invest a lot of time and effort in doing this artwork.

melody23 wrote on October 18, 2014, 2:10 PM

I have seem some of these on that program 'ice road truckers, deadliest roads' and they really are beautiful. A lot of work must go into them.

Dawnwriter wrote on October 18, 2014, 3:50 PM

We have buses here that are "advertisement in motion" but they look very colorful and I guess the company also pays for the upkeep because they are the smartest buses on the road.

Dawnwriter wrote on October 18, 2014, 3:52 PM

The drivers usually don't do the decoration themselves. There are special artists and painters who decorate the whole thing inch by inch.

LeaPea2417 wrote on October 18, 2014, 3:53 PM

Yes, I have heard about this. I saw it on an educational show about different countries on the television awhile ago.

AliCanary wrote on October 19, 2014, 6:40 AM

This sounds really cool, but I hope it doesn't cause too much of a distraction to other drivers! In Japan, the big trucks have a lot of lights on them that pulsate in different designs.

cmoneyspinner wrote on August 1, 2015, 3:39 PM

No. I have never heard about truck art. Thank you for telling us about it. Collect info that reflects cultural diversity.