Nek Chand’s Rock Garden observes Diamond Jubilee

November 14th, 2007 - 10:36 am ICT by admin  

Chandigarh, Nov.12 (ANI): A colourful procession marked the end of the diamond jubilee celebrations of the world famous Rock Garden.

Men and women in different Indian traditional attire sang and danced in a procession that was taken around the city.

It was a moment of joy to watch 40 delegates, a majority of them from the U.S and U.K, riding on a tractor trolley from Nek Chand’s Rock Garden. Some foreigners rode camels.

A dance troupe from Haryana performed the “Jhumar” dance while the Punjab’s troupe performed Bhangra dance. Some participants donned tribal costumes for the occasion.

Several art lovers and admirers of Nek Chand, expressed their amazement over the beauty of Rock Garden.

“This garden is a wonderful place. I am really enjoying it. For me, this is amazing,” said Marek, a resident of Poland.

The garden is based on the fantasy of a lost kingdom. Its most arresting feature are the thousands of animal and humanoid figures.

Rock fossils, broken chinaware, discarded fluorescent tubes, broken and cast away glass bangles, building waste, coal and clay-all create a dream folk world of soldiers, monkeys, village life, women and temples.

Nek Chand, who turns 83, next month, enjoys honorary citizenship in the U.S and in Paris for his creativity.

Spread over 25 acres the Rock Garden took shape during late 1950s. It was thrown open to the public only in 1976.

The garden has earned kudos from professionals and academicians from across the world and the existence of the Nek Chand Foundation in the United Kingdom is testimony to that praise. .

Though the years don’t actually add up to 60, the Nek Chand Foundation decided to hold the diamond jubilee celebrations this year itself.

The Rock Garden was on the verge of being demolished twice on one occasion. Nek Chand and his admirers had to form a human shield to protect it.

Nek Chand’s statues have been exhibited in museums across the world.

The John Michael Kohler Arts Center in Wisconsin, USA. owns the largest collection of Nek Chand’s work outside Chandigarh. The pieces are currently on exhibition there through January 2008 as part of the museum’s focus on artist environment builders, or outsider artists.

In 2007, an exhibition of Nek Chand’s work was hosted by the RIBA Gallery in Liverpool from April 16 to May 11. The exhibition displayed survey drawings of the garden’s architecture and landscaping, and now plans to be a travelling exhibition. (ANI)

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