Ordinary Truck Art on a highway
I had heard of truck art but the kind I had seen on websites was either pretty advertising or very professional work. The art I saw on the highway was done by amateurs. What struck me were the bright colors and at times the trouble the owner had taken to paint his truck. The vehicles were ordinary and carried ordinary goods…but the owner thought his vehicle special. I feel art like this shows an owner’s love for his vehicle…which may not be so in advertising truck art. The drawings which I saw were mostly of religious symbols or beautiful places.
The flower which is commonly used in in all kinds of art in India is the Kamal (Lotus) which is not just the national flower of India but also a sacred flower. It has been “an auspicious symbol of Indian culture since time immemorial and symbolises divinity, fertility, wealth, knowledge, triumph and enlightenment and represents long life, honor, and good fortune.”
The truck below was the most brightly painted truck that I came across:
This same truck had a Taj Mahal painted in the front of it:
This van looked quite pretty from the back. The Lotus and the Swastika, both Hindu religious symbols are painted on the back.
This truck had a graphic design but the religious symbol of the Lotus flower with the pot has also been painted on. In Hindu rituals a coconut is used frequently and so are mango leaves and this is depicted here. All meant to protect the truck from bad luck:
The truck below has our national bird, the peacock painted on it but the Lotus flower is not to be missed. At the bottom is written ‘Mera Bharat Mahan’ which means ‘India is Great. Indian trucks also have this sign ‘Horn OK Please’ and I have never been able to figure it out completely. Does it mean ‘Horn Please, OK?’ Or does it mean ‘Horn Please.’ and followed by ‘O.K.’ (you can overtake)
The painting on the truck below was not that well maintained. The religious symbols are clear to see but there were some interesting graphics on the side which did not come out well in the photo.
Out of the trucks that I saw yesterday (we were traveling between Mumbai and Pune) the majority had some sort of painting done on them. Much of it was shabby, a lot was dusty and a lot faded. And I could not get some pictures of some really well painted trucks due to my not being an expert with the camera.