The African Renaissance Monument
The African Renaissance Monument is a monumental group 52 meters of bronze and copper in Ouakam, a common district of Dakar, on one of the two conical volcanic hills overlooking the Senegalese capital, Udders, the highest bearing already Mamelles lighthouse.
The monument represents a couple and their child, drawn up towards the sky. It was officially opened April 3, 2010 during the fiftieth anniversary celebrations of the independence of Senegal.
The statue was designed by sculptor from Romania Virgil Magherusan.
Work opened in 2202 , cost between 9 and 15 billion francs CFA (15 to 23 million euros). It is part of the major projects of Senegalese President Abdoulaye Wade, who wanted "the dignity of the continent".This is to show through a family pointing skywards, the man carrying her child on her biceps and holding his wife by the waist, "an outgoing African bowels of the earth, leaving the darkness to go to the light ". The monument is thus considered an African family turned towards the northwest.
The monument project was entrusted to the Senegalese architect Pierre Goudiaby Atepa, author - in particular - the Gate of the Third Millennium overlooking the Corniche road. The work was "designed" by President Wade, which holds 35% of the copyright, but the work was initiated by renowned Senegalese artist Ousmane Sow who has since withdrawn from the project following a disagreement with Abdoulaye Wade.