Let me confess, I am not an art buff and don't understand deeper meanings of paintings etc & I don't even bother of vising art galleries etc. I believe in simple visual art in any form which will give pleasure to anyone and that's why I was curious to see Rock Garden.
This place is located on the same road of Sukhana lake but a kilometer away from the lake. There is paid parking and you can enter this place after paying a small fee.
Hats off to Mr Nek Chand who was secretly working on his creations till such time during Chandigarh city creation the Govt. discovered that he had created some amazing artifacts in his hideout. It took some time for the beaurocrats & politicians to take call whether to punish or reward him but at end of it sense prevailed.
This amazing guy has created this place from garbage. Many walls are decorated with used plugs, electric fuses. Broken ceramics (plates, cups, tiles, commodes, basins), bangles etc have been painstakingly, collected, sorted and used very creatively. Mr Chand used various techniques to create this monument. He also designed various ways for creating waterfalls & similar effects. We were amazed to see some of the techniques like creating a thin wall made of concrete & stones which gives it effect of a curtain.
The small arches which act as gates, requires adults to bend to enter, not sure if Mr. Nek Chand was a short man or he wanted people to bow down to his creation. Anyways, he definitely deserves a big thumbs up.
When you come to present - I didn't like few things:
- Government hasn't taken sufficient care of this place. Waterbodies are dirty and stinks
- Tried to commercialise in some places where camel ride & 'magic mirrors' are put to make more money from visitors
- There is a large amphi theater, which could be used to create awareness
- Appears that the creations of Mr Nek Chand have not been repaired/renovated to their former glory
My rating is purely driven by the magic of this one man ....
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