You can now see Pakistan’s iconic truck art on airplanes

Pakistan’s colorful truck art is one of its most famous cultural exports.

Artists adorn ordinary trucks with flowers, patterns and birds in punchy greens, yellows, pinks and purples. These vehicles add a touch of beauty wherever they go. The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) even uses similar truck art to promote girls’ education in the country’s province, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. 

While the moving art pieces have been a part of everyday life in Pakistan since the 1920s, the rest of the world will get a refreshing take on the almost 100-year-old practice. Artists like truck painter Haider Ali are now decorating aircrafts, like the Cessna-150, with similar artwork. 

Ali told the Associated Press that his work was “the reflection of Pakistani people’s peace and prosperity. Now these colors of peace can fly high in the sky.” 

The plane mural, which included a deer and peacock, was commissioned by its owner CEO of Sky Wings Flight Academy, Imran Aslam Khan. 

Khan hoped that when people around the world viewed his plane it would change their impression of Pakistan. 

“It is the expression of Pakistan’s beautiful and colorful culture,” Khan told the Associated Press. “It also spreads a message to the world that we, as Pakistanis, are a peaceful and loving nation.

According to My Modern Met, truck art began in Pakistan in the 1920s when Bedford trucks, imported from England, became popular. The decorative paintings were a way for businesses to stand out and increase business.

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