A commemorative postage stamp on the Nek Chand‘s Rock Garden of Chandigarh, India :
Issued by India
Issued on Sep 23, 1983
Type : Stamp, Postal Used
Colour : Multi Colour
Denomination : 100 Paise
- Millions of people from all over India and abroad have visited the Rock Garden. This marvel of art in Chandigarh has been shaped out of urban waste by Nek Chand who has shot into fame for this unusual creative endeavour.
- Chandigarh was planned by Le Corbusier in the early fifties as the new capital of the State of Punjab following the partition of India. Twenty-three years ago, Nek Chand, a road Inspector, was constructing and supervising roads for the new city. The artist in him discovered, in the building and industrial waste of the city, a novel resource for creativity in the form of a rock garden which now stands as a testimony to his genius. The Rock Garden is a unique example of what can be done with discarded material. He first started collecting waste materials such as broken crockery, fused fluorescent tubes, glass bangles, feathers and gravel. He salvaged building material from debris, collected natural stone sculptures and also recovered material in the form of potted plants discarded by the inhabitants of the city. His plant-nursery may well be the envy of accomplished horticulturists both in terms of its size and the variety of plants it houses. The Rock Garden is carved out of the tributaries of a seasonal stream which flowed during monsoon deep inside a forest towards South-East of the Corbusier’s monumental Capital Complex in Sector 1 of the “City Beautiful”.
- With its sharp ups and downs, humps and hollows, the site suggested to him an exciting creative possibility. Because of its idyllic setting, it was most suitable for the work Nek Chand wanted to do in privacy.