In Yoruba tradition, groves are sacred outdoor spaces reserved for the Gods. Over a period of over 40 years, beginning in 1960, an Austrian artist, Susanne Wenger, and the New Sacred Art Movement of Nigerian artists she mentored, protected this 75 hectare sacred ground by creating hundreds of monumental works of art depicting Yoruba deities.
In 2005, the Sacred Groves of Osogbo was awarded the UNESCO World Heritage designation. It is recognized both for the significance of the art, arguably the most impressive contemporary sculpture installation in the world, and for its role in sustaining cultural traditions.
Today the UNESCO site attracts tens of thousands of visitors each year who come to honour their heritage, to learn about the traditions of the Yoruba people or simply to appreciate the magnificent sculptures.