Chandigarh: Padma Shree Nek Chand, the creator of the iconic Rock Garden who amazed people for decades with his unique sculptures made from waste, died last year today at a hospital in Chandigarh following a cardiac arrest. He was 90 years old.
Chand, along with his family fled his village and trekked for 24 days in 1947, after the India-Pakistan partition, on foot. He toiled away secretly in the night for 18 years to create his dream, the Rock Garden.
He built the city’s iconic Rock Garden from waste and other unused household materials. Spread over an area of 40-acres, the garden was inaugurated in 1976.
Nek Chand developed the art of creating figures from waste material discarded by people and secretly set up his laboratory in a forested area in north Chandigarh to help his creations get into shape. All kinds of waste material like broken bangles, cutlery, chinaware, electrical fittings like switches, plugs, and tube-lights, marbles, tiles, household junk, stones, building material waste and other things have found their way into art creations by Nek Chand.
The Logical Indian community will always remember this great soul! What he has given to our country is invaluable.