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The Olaf Breuning Coffins Provide a Look into Historic Ghanian Tradition

While coffins in the Western world tend to be pretty staid, Ghana has a historic tradition of creating unique and memorable coffins -- so memorable that they inspired Swiss-born, New York-based sculptor Olaf Breuning to commission a series of several special Olaf Breuning coffins for his own posterity.

As a sculptor, Olaf Breuning is extremely accomplished. The list of museums where his art has been displayed reads like a veritable who's who of major art galleries in the world, including the Saatchi Collection in London, the MoMA in New York and the MoCA in Miami.

The Olaf Breuning coffins are fascinating for their cartoonish and generally light-hearted quality. They stand in stark contrast to the drab and sometimes garish caskets that are routine in North America. The Olaf Breuning coffins showcases one way you can go out with a smile on your face.