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THE OLD TAXI PARK batik, KAMPALA

THE FINISHED TAXI PARK BATIK

KAMPALA OLD TAXI PARK BATIK

Kampala old taxi park is one of the two taxi parks, the other one being the new taxi park in the Ugandan capital. The two parks accommodate more than 10,000 Toyota Hiace taxis that transport up to 1 million passengers daily. These mostly white taxis with a blue dotted stripe around them are a common sight on Ugandan roads. When you enter into into the taxi park, you are immediately surrounded by a seemingly confused way that that these 14 passenger taxis are parked. This reality makes it difficult for people to maneuver around the park. When the taxi fills up, the drivers have a way of driving through the maze as they shout insults at each other.

This batik (the last picture shows an unfinished stage) tries to bring out a small insight into what takes place in Kampala's transport system. Watch out for the last pictures when it's finished.

DRUM SOUNDS BATIK

This batik was meant to add freshness to my batik art. Instead of the usual cow-hide skin for the Ugandan drum, I intentionally put them in clothing for a modern look. The different design in the clothing is for the different sound from each drum. The camouflage background and strips of curtain provide a little hint to hip hop life of a modern youth. This painting bridges the gap between modern and classical lifestyles in Uganda and Africa.

A LOCAL FRUIT MARKET STALL BATIK

Note: This photo is only half of the whole batik.

In this new batik, I approached the subject using several techniques and tools. For example much of the backgound was accomplished using a toothbrush as a wax spreading tool. This batik was one of the most complicated works I've ever taken, but I thank God it was successfully completed.