Colorful Truck Art
Your article “A Riot of Colors” offered an in-depth look into the artistic details of truck art in Pakistan. These trucks, adorned with metal cowlings, carved wooden doors, chrome bumpers, and paintings on the external body are a common sight in the metropolitan cities of Pakistan. We do gaze at these truck arts everyday but overlook the painstaking process and the labor that goes into the actual painting and decorating of the truck’s body. Upon close inspection we find symbolism and storytelling incorporated in the paintings which make this art so unique and Pakistani centric. Although such truck art is also, to an extent, found in India and Afghanistan, it is the Pakistani truck art which has become famous because of its attention to detail. The article was an interesting read with the writer discussing the various forms of truck art found across the country. The writer aptly mentioned the motive behind beautifying the trucks with intricate paintings, which are a traditional practice and an attempt by the drivers to stay awake as they pass colorful vehicles late at night. In addition, the truck art is a testimony of the skills and talents shown by the painters who decorate the otherwise dull trucks and turn them into a visual masterpiece.
Farhan Sohail Karachi, Pakistan