The fertile area around Dambulla and Sigiriya in Sri Lanka’s dry zone is the country’s largest vegetable cultivation areas. Sri Lanka’s largest vegetable wholesale market is located in Dambulla. The roads in the area are loaded (not a pun i assure you) with trucks carting the goodies to market (mainly Colombo). These factors make the area good hunting grounds for spotting the hippest and the traditional samplings of Sri Lanka’s truck art. Specially if you are a bit tired of the 2000+ year history littered around you.
The sample below was spotted hurling along the Sigirya road towards the Dambulla – Harbarana stretch of the A6 highway. The wooden body on the Ashok Leyland chassis makes this one a classic. Very 20th century.
The image below is of something a bit newer. Cool monochrome sky-blue all metal with a limited palette. The yellow markings are either a reference to Jasper Johns flag and target paintings or safety marking. No figurative imagery at all beyond the restrained 3D typography. Very much of the globalised Colombo School which has been making inroads to the dry zone.
Yes there’s hardly anytime for blogging these days but I still managed to squeeze something through and give a sign of life. More on Sri Lankan Graphic design in the archive.