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Everything You Should Know About Rock Garden, Chandigarh

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Introduction

Rock Garden situated at Chandigarh in India is famous all over the world for its unique concept. It is spread over 40 acres of land near Sukhna lake in Chandigarh and is a sculpture garden with a difference. This beautiful garden is the result of the unique vision, creativity, hard work and persistent efforts of Mr. Nekchand, the creator of Rock Garden. He was conferred with the prestigious Padma Shri award for this unique creation. Nekchand passed away in 2015 but the legacy he created in the form of Rock Garden will keep him alive forever.

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Rock Garden, Chandigarh

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A Unique Monument

So what sets Rock Garden apart from the rest? It's a surreal fantasy of an humble man and his creativity,.The unique thing about the garden is that the sculptures here are made up of scrap and other junk material like broken bangles, tins, broken ceramic tiles, sinks, fused tube lights and bulbs, broken pipes, glass bottles, pots and other industrial & home waste. Rock garden also has some beautiful man-made waterfalls which add to its beauty and charm. Rock Garden complete with 2000 statues, waterfalls and amphitheatres is an unparallelled creation. Thousands of tourists visit Rock Garden every day to see this magnificent creation of a man’s imagination.


Nek Chand Saini

Born

15 December 1924

Birth Place

Barian Kalan (now in Pakistan)

Died

12 June 2015 (aged 90)

Known for

Sculpture

Notable Work

Rock Garden, Chandigarh

Awards

Padam Shri in 1984

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Nekchand: The Creator of Rock Garden

Nekchand was a government official who started working on this creative project secretly during his spare time in a barren land near Sukhna lake. He would go there after work every day carrying the waste material and make his sculptures in solitude. He kept working alone on making his dream into reality for years. Since the land was barren and secluded, nobody noticed it. The work was illegal as he didn't have any permission to work on the land that was owned by the government. Nekchand’s work went unnoticed for 18 years but eventually it was discovered by the government authorities. By that time, he had already covered 12 acres of barren land creating a complex of interlinked courtyards,with hundreds of beautiful sculptures and murals of dancers, musicians, and animals. It was all done single-handedly without any support. Amazing, isn't it?

After Chandigarh administration discovered this illegal work, the site faced the danger of demolition and this would have meant a loss of all those years of hard work. Thankfully the people of Chandigarh came out in support of Nekchand. Eventually Chandigarh administration decided to own the project. The site was opened for public in 1976 and named as Rock Garden. Nekchand was appointed as Sub-Divisional Engineer, Rock Garden. He was given a team of fifty laborers to further work full-time on the site for further expansion. The Rock Garden was still made out of recycled materials. With the government’s help, Nekchand was able to set up collection centers around Chandigarh for waste, especially rags and broken ceramics. Under the supervision and creative guidance of Nekchand, the site was further expanded and now it’s 40 acres garden with thousands of sculptures and murals.

As you stroll though the rock Garden, enjoying the awe inspiring creation, there were chances of finding yourself face to face with the unassuming down to earth artist Nek Chand himself supervising his ‘kingdom’. Inspite of his old age, Nekchand used to visit Rock Garden every day. He would look after the work and also interact with the enthusiastic visitors. I had the privilege of meeting him once for an official work. He was so famous and revered yet he was a very humble man. Nekchand died in 2015 but he will always be remembered through his creation which is visited by approximately 5000 people daily.


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Rock Garden which started as a single man's vision is now a place frequented by 5000 tourists on a daily basis. Rock Garden is a living example of man’s creativity and determination.

Chandigarh Rock Garden

© 2018 Shaloo Walia

Comments

Shaloo Walia (author) from India on October 14, 2018:

Thank you Liz!

Liz Westwood from UK on October 14, 2018:

I had never heard of this place before. This is a well-illustrated article.

Shaloo Walia (author) from India on October 10, 2018:

@manatita yeah, Nekchand ji was a special man indeed. Inspite of all the success and fame, he remained grounded and was as humble as ever.

manatita44 from london on October 10, 2018:

Now that's a special man. A visionary for sure. Impressive work!

Shaloo Walia (author) from India on October 09, 2018:

Yes, Dora! It's indeed inspiring how he worked for years, all alone and without any help to create a masterpiece.

Dora Weithers from The Caribbean on October 09, 2018:

What creativity in varied forms from the mind of one man! Mr. Nekchand deserves all the recognition and award he received. His inspirational work lives on.

Shaloo Walia (author) from India on October 09, 2018:

Thank you Dana! Rock Garden is indeed the pride of my city beautiful.

Shaloo Walia (author) from India on October 09, 2018:

Thank you Eric!

Dana Tate from LOS ANGELES on October 08, 2018:

This man had incredible vision the rock garden is very beautiful. I'm pleased his legacy will go on for I'm sure it is a wonderful tourist attraction. You did a wonderful job writing this. A true pleasure to read.

Eric Dierker from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A. on October 08, 2018:

Wow this is really cool! And you did a great job writing it. Thank you.

Shaloo Walia (author) from India on October 08, 2018:

You're welcome, Windy!

Windy Grace Mason from Poplar Cove, Virginia, USA on October 08, 2018:

Beautiful, beautiful, BEAUTIFUL! Thank you for sharing, Shaloo!

Shaloo Walia (author) from India on October 08, 2018:

Thanks Bill!

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on October 08, 2018:

How very clever! Thank you for sharing this with us....I love it!

Shaloo Walia (author) from India on October 08, 2018:

Yeah, John. Nek Chand ji was such an inspiring person and he created a legacy which the city is proud of.

John Hansen from Queensland Australia on October 08, 2018:

I found this very interesting, Shaloo. It is incredible the amount of time and effort Nek Chand expended on this before the council/ authorities even realised. What a lifelong work of art.

Shaloo Walia (author) from India on October 07, 2018:

@Mary Yeah, you can't help wondering how Nek Chand ji managed to create this wonderland single handedly!

Mary Norton from Ontario, Canada on October 07, 2018:

It is amazing how one person can come up with this project all on his own. I am happy that it is now recognized by the government and that he is getting help. It is so beautiful especially because of the story.