Haiti’s Ornate Moving Art

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I’ve visited Haiti a few times and I can never get enough photos of these Tap Tap vehicles, a very dependable-brilliantly-decorated means of transportation.  The attention to ornate detail is almost mind-boggling and I couldn’t resist highlighting the amazing artistry for this week’s WordPress Photo Challenge which asked us to: “… share something unabashedly ornate — where it’s clear that the creators pulled no stops and went all out.”

In the meantime, here’s a little more info on Tap Taps from en.wikipedia.org.  However please note the warning in the last sentence and please be guided accordingly if you ever visit Haiti!

“Tap taps are gaily painted buses or pick-up trucks that serve as share taxis in Haiti. They may also be referred to ascamionette. Literally meaning “quick quick”, these vehicles for hire are privately owned and ornately decorated. They follow fixed routes, do not leave until filled with passengers, and riders can disembark at any point in the journey. Often painted with religious names or slogans, the tap tap is known for its lavish decoration, and many feature wild colors, portraits of famous people, and intricate, hand-cut wooden window covers. Many developed countries inform their citizens to not take tap taps when visiting Haiti.” Read more …

And what’s the best way to understand how these taxis really work? Watch this video to take a look 🙂

Haiti’s people are also very talented craftsmen and women who take their art seriously. I’ve shared a few posts on their creativity in using old recycled materials to make things that are ornately beautiful, one of which you can read by clicking on the image below.  Enjoy!

Haitian art on the restaurant walls
Haitian art on the restaurant walls where we had dinner



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Barbadian mother and lover of laughter; story teller and best-selling author; happy to follow God's lead and to live my mantra: "you've gotta be a rainbow in the lives of others when it rains."

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