Excursions + Bus + Mona Lisa + Trinidad

The Portrait of Mona Lisa (date unknown) Oil sprayed on aluminium, Thomas chartered Bus, Trinidad, West Indies.

This figure of a woman, dressed in the Florentine fashion of her day and seated in a visionary, mountainous landscape, is a remarkable instance of Leonardo’s sfumato technique of soft, heavily shaded modeling. The Mona Lisa’s enigmatic expression, which seems both alluring and aloof, has given the portrait universal fame.


An excursion at the Fire Station, Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago

Excursions in Trinidad and Tobago are an adventure in itself. On these old chartered buses there is always a rhythm section gathered towards the exit door and in the aisle, excursionists are frolicking, wining, and blabbering. This is more visible at night because the bus’ cabin lamps are on, and from the road, passengers can be seen waving at passing cars and at you too, as you try to scurry to overtake the noisy mayhem. To be caught behind one of these buses is no treat. Plumes of exhaust smoke can obscure your peripheral view and induce coughing by its polluting properties. In most cases, these excursions are religious outing to the country’s scenic beaches or to the lush Botanical Gardens where Buses are occasional parked on the grass off the Queen’s Park Savannah.


Panel of Art work on a hip psychedelic Bus

But today, at this educational tour of the Fire Station in Port of Spain, a closer detail illustrates how airbrushed and decked out they really are, and an Artist with a Renaissance knack lends to the psychedelic decals by rendering the world’s most priceless painting. See another bus as thebookmann header. – thebookmann


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