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The city of Chandigarh, in the foothills of the Indian Himalayas, is well known by architects for its conception and realisation as a ‘modern utopian city’ by the Swiss/French architect Le Corbusier in the 1950s. The Corb work is truly amazing (and for another post), yet perhaps the city’s most remarkable story is the creation of a sculpture garden built from re-used materials by a local authority roads inspector named Nek Chand. 

As Corb’s grand urban vision was being realised, Chand began collecting unwanted materials from demolition sites around the city and worked secretly in his spare time to create his own vision of a ‘divine kingdom’.  Working unnoticed and illegally (for the land he was working on was designated for another use) he was able to hide his work for no less than 18 years before it was discovered by the Chandigarh authorities in 1975!  By this time, Chand’s Rock Garden had…

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