Ox Cart Art
Dedham Middle School Artists
Recent trip to Costa Rica, April 2013
While students in Costa Rica they were struck by the beautifully
decorated oxcarts the Costa Rican's used on thier farms to cart around every days things. These are attempts at recreating some of the
beauty of the oxcarts.
In Costa Rica, ox carts (carretas in the Spanish language) were an important aspect of the daily life and commerce, especially between 1850 to 1935, developing a unique construction and decoration tradition that is still being developed. Costa Rican parades and traditional celebrations are not complete without a traditional ox cart parade.
In 1988, the traditional ox cart was declared as National Symbol of Work by the Costa Rican government.
In 2005, the “Oxherding and Oxcart Traditions in Costa Rica” were included in UNESCO’s Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity.