Senegalese sculptor Ousmane Sow, a monument of contemporary art praised all over the world, was buried in Dakar on Tuesday, five days after his death at the age of 81, in the presence of his relatives and many political and artistic personalities.
Senegalese head of state Macky Sall and several national authorities attended the lifting of the body on Tuesday morning at Principal Hospital of Dakar, ceremony marked by new honours to Mr Sow, according to witnesses.
“The man we accompany today in his final home was a great Senegalese,” a “world-renowned artist, academician and resolute humanist,” said President Macky Sall.
Mr Sow, who died on 1st December, “will definitely remain the standing monument in the Pantheon of the great creators of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries,” he added.
The artist was then buried on Tuesday afternoon in Yoff, north of Dakar.
His funeral gathered “everyone: his children, his family, his friends, the authorities, the artists, his corporation, everyone,” said Abdoulaye Koundoul the Director of Arts.
His companion, Béatrice Soulé, claimed that the city of Besançon, in eastern France, intended to pay homage to him by giving his name to one of its streets.
Born on 10th October 1935 in Dakar, Ousmane Sow was known for his monumental sculptures of warriors who travelled around the world. However, he only achieved artistic recognition in his fifties, after practicing as a physiotherapist in France and Senegal.
Mamadou Dian Donghol Diallo