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Jun 13, 2017

Art on the move in Pakistan

Art on the move in Pakistan

They pollute the roads and chug along at a snail's pace, but to their Pakistani owners the rickety trucks are moving pieces of art, commanding attention with garish portraits of flowers, Islamic art, and snow-capped Himalayan peaks.

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Artwork is seen on a decorated truck carrying sacks of wheat in Charsadda, Pakistan, May 1, 2017. CAREN FIROUZ/REUTERS

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Workers load straw onto a decorated truck outside Faisalabad, Pakistan, May 3, 2017. CAREN FIROUZ/REUTERS

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Workers load straw onto a decorated truck outside Faisalabad, Pakistan, May 3, 2017. CAREN FIROUZ/REUTERS

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Scenes of Islam's holy sites in Mecca and Medina are seen on a decorated truck in Faisalabad, Pakistan, May 4, 2017. CAREN FIROUZ/REUTERS

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Boys pose for a picture in front of a decorated truck in Peshawar, Pakistan, May 2, 2017. CAREN FIROUZ/REUTERS

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Artwork is seen on a decorated truck outside Faisalabad, Pakistan, May 3, 2017. CAREN FIROUZ/REUTERS

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Artwork is seen on a decorated truck in Peshawar, Pakistan, May 1, 2017. CAREN FIROUZ/REUTERS

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Workers unload fruit from a decorated truck at the wholesale produce market in Faisalabad, Pakistan, May 4, 2017. CAREN FIROUZ/REUTERS

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A driver holds open the door of the carved wood cab of his decorated truck in Faisalabad, Pakistan, May 4, 2017. CAREN FIROUZ/REUTERS

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A worker washes a decorated truck in Peshawar, Pakistan, May 2, 2017. REUTERS/Caren Firouz SEARCH "FIROUZ TRUCKS" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES. CAREN FIROUZ/REUTERS

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Decorations cover the gear shift of a decorated truck outside Faisalabad, Pakistan, May 3, 2017. CAREN FIROUZ/REUTERS

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Artwork is seen on a decorated truck in Peshawar, Pakistan, May 1, 2017. CAREN FIROUZ/REUTERS

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Drivers rest on beds at a truck stop outside Faisalabad, Pakistan, May 3, 2017. CAREN FIROUZ/REUTERS

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A security guard poses for a portrait in front of his favourite decorated truck at a truck stop outside Faisalabad, Pakistan, May 3, 2017. CAREN FIROUZ/REUTERS

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Artwork is seen on a decorated truck in Taxila, Pakistan, May 2, 2017. CAREN FIROUZ/REUTERS

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Plastic bottles used to store water and a tyre stopper are wedged on the side of a decorated truck in Faisalabad, Pakistan, May 4, 2017. CAREN FIROUZ/REUTERS

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An electric gauge is seen in the cab of a decorated truck in Faisalabad, Pakistan, May 4, 2017. CAREN FIROUZ/REUTERS

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Artwork is seen on a decorated truck outside Faisalabad, Pakistan, May 3, 2017. CAREN FIROUZ/REUTERS

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