Boxed: Fabulous Coffins From UK And Ghana @ Royal Festival Hall

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Boxed: Fabulous Coffins From UK And Ghana @ Royal Festival Hall
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Full-bodied...a cork and corkscrew coffin.
Full-bodied...a cork and corkscrew coffin.
No strings attached...a guitar coffin.
No strings attached...a guitar coffin.
Final journey...A Ghanaian car coffin.
Final journey...A Ghanaian car coffin.
Morsel-eum. A Ghanaian coffin shaped like a banana.
Morsel-eum. A Ghanaian coffin shaped like a banana.
Off the rails...a skateboard coffin.
Off the rails...a skateboard coffin.
Nearer to heaven...a kite coffin.
Nearer to heaven...a kite coffin.
Downhill fast...a ski fan opts for a minimal coffin.
Downhill fast...a ski fan opts for a minimal coffin.
Six feet undercarriage...an aircraft coffin.
Six feet undercarriage...an aircraft coffin.
Has bean...its future inhabitant wants to be buried in a foetal position.
Has bean...its future inhabitant wants to be buried in a foetal position.
Rest in species...one of the Ghanaian offerings in the shape of a lion.
Rest in species...one of the Ghanaian offerings in the shape of a lion.
Death row...a Viking burial.
Death row...a Viking burial.

One of the more unusual exhibitions to grace the main atrium of the Royal Festival Hall opened this weekend. Boxed presents around 15 novelty caskets from the Pa Joe workshop in Ghana and Crazy Coffins in Nottingham. See final resting places shaped like a giant skateboard, a cocoa bean, a wine cork, a lion and an electric guitar, to name but a few. Each of the colourful and curious cadaver carriers was requested by a customer wanting to put the fun back into funeral with a casket to match their lifestyle.

The show runs until 29 January and forms part of the Southbank Centre's Festival For The Living. Entrance is free.

Last Updated 22 January 2012