Documentary on legendary fantasy coffin artist Paa Joe now available online

Want to be buried in a giant wooden coffin that looks like a Coke bottle?

Coffin artist Paa Joe is the guy who can make that happen. He crafts fantasy wood "proverb coffins" (aka as abebuu adekai in his culture) out of his shop in Ghana. He's considered the grandfather of the fantasy coffin trade and his work is exhibited in museums worldwide. But hard times fell on his business.

Paa Joe & The Lion is the 2017 documentary that tells the story of how he and his son are rebuilding the family legacy together. It's now available to stream on Amazon (free with Prime). It's really inspiring!

Paa Joe dreams of his bygone days — bringing money home in briefcases and work being shipped to galleries the world over. Now, he sleeps as the cars hurtle passed. There are no customers, no tourists — there are no coffins to make. His son, Jacob, dreams too, he dreams of returning his father to his glory days and rebuilding the family legacy together. Over the next four years they stand side-by-side, conquering love and death and embracing a life changing opportunity to travel to the UK to undertake an artist residency. It is the start of their future together — master and son... Paa Joe & The Lion

Here's a look at some of his pieces:

via john nash


Cacao pod coffin image via akhenatenator

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Rhino fantasy coffin

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A mighty oak tree has broken leaving a legacy behind. Busumuru Kofi Annan rest in Glory

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Sneaker fantasy coffin at the Brooklyn museum

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Uterus fantasy coffin

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Tab Soda fantasy coffin

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Nokia miniature

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Fly with KLM. #fantasycoffin @stefansimchowitz @ruttkowski68 @kristin.renee.otto @onetouchnilsone

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Magiciens de la terre 1989 http://magiciensdelaterre.fr/artistes.php?id=17#

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