African Lounge West

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The African Lounge is a reception room for dignitaries, donated to the Kennedy Center by the nations of Africa. It is located on the box tier of the Opera House, opposite the South Opera Lounge. The design of the Lounge, with its jagged ceilings and slanted walls, is meant to evoke the feeling of being in an African village. The burgundy-brown carpeting was specially chosen to convey the richness of the African soil.

One of the most striking objects in the room is a wooden sculpture, Mother Earth, Condolences to You from Ghana. She represents the Africans' grief over the death of President Kennedy. At the back left hand corner of the Lounge is set of double doors depicting native village scenes. The doors are 12 feet high and were carved from one 700 year old tree.