In 1957, Nek Chand secretly started to create a garden with waste he collected on construction sites around Chandigarh, in India.
Today the Rock Garden is spread over an area of 160 000 m², completely built of industrial & home waste and thrown-away items!
Illegally built on government owned land, the park didn’t suit in the first post independence planned city imagined by French architect Le Corbusier. Some politicians asked for the Rock Garden’s destruction. But following public opinion, others managed to install it as a public park.
Growing over the years, the park welcomes visitors and allows to discover along a fantastic path more than 1 400 sculptures that have been made of scrap and other kinds of wastes (bottles, glasses, bangles, tiles, ceramic pots, sinks, electrical waste, etc.)
Unfortunately, I only made a short night bus stop in Chandigarh, during my trip to northern India. Maybe next…
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