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Olaf Breuning's Coffins
 
  Olaf Breuning a young Swiss artist commissioned three full sized coffins. He and Adam Sutherland the Curator of Grizedale Arts, UK who funded Olaf's coffins came to Ghana to see the works in progress.
 
Olaf ordered three designs - a chocolate bar, a snowman and an icecream - a "melting" theme he explained. He emailed us a sketch of his ideas and the carpenters started work... see the photos below for the rest of the story.
 
  Snowman coffin
 The snowman being fitted with his carrot ears
 
 
  Chocolate bar coffin
 Pieces of the chocolate bar - good enough to eat!
 
 
  Icecream coffin
 Here's the lid of the icecream
 
 
  Icecream coffin
 And this is the finished piece before painting
 
 
  Olaf and the iceceam
 Olaf checks out the painted icecream
 
 
  Olaf with the children
 Olaf's coffins caused quite a stir in the neighbourhood - the local children enjoyed them!
 
 
  The three coffins
 Olaf's three "melting" coffins
 
 
  Icecream coffin
 It's not easy taking photos under these conditions!
 
 
  Icecream coffin
 Time to move on - the coffins being carried out of the neighbourhood
 
 
  If you would like to learn more about the traditional Ga decorated coffins we recommend the following book: Going into Darkness: Fantastic Coffins from Africa by Thierry Secretan available from Amazon
 
You can buy Ga coffins in the Ga Coffins section of our shop.
 
 
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