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“Worth a detour if you're in Ouaga”

Laongo Sculpture Symposium
Ranked #3 of 12 things to do in Ouagadougou
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Reviewed February 14, 2013

Located some 32 km north-east of Ouaga, this is an exceptional site considering the number, quality and size of the works by both Burkinabe and international artists from Africa, Asia, Europe and the Americas. Originally open in 1989 with the first symposium featuring the works of 18 artists from 13 countries, the scupture park has seen several successive symposia. The work at the entrance shows the evolution of man. Guided tours in French available detailing the significance of individual works. There is the possibility of eating at the snack shop there but we only bought water there, as well as that of visiting the ateliers of working artists. As this is outdoors, and stepping over rocks is necessary to see some of works closely, dress accordingly.

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Reviewed October 8, 2012

This outdoor sculpture garden is yet another example of Burkina’s willful strategy to create artistic events (Jazz in Ouaga festival, Fespaco, Handicraft festival, etc.) to drive its tourism industry. Each year sculptors from around the world are invited to come stay near the Laongo site and create a piece of art from their choice of granite boulders that occur naturally in the area. The result is now dozens of stone sculptures that are explained by a guide, whose services are included in the admission price (2000 FCFA per person). If you fancy a drive outside the city (under an hour) or have even a passing interest in stone sculpture, check this place out! Just remember to take a hat because there is very little shade.

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