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“" Open hand is the city's official emblem"”
Review of Open Hand Monument

Open Hand Monument
Dehradun, India
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“" Open hand is the city's official emblem"”
Reviewed August 6, 2014

Open Hand Monument is a structure built in Chandigarh by legendary architect, Le Corbusier. Chandigarh hosts the largest of Le Corbusier's many Open Hand sculptures. It Stands 26 meters high, the structure was designed to move in the wind. It is located in sector 1 in the Capitol Complex in Chandigarh.

Open hand in Chandigarh, India is one of the most significant monuments of the city. The credit for laying down its plan goes to Le Corbusier. It is located in sector 1 in the Capitol Complex. Chandigarh open hand monument has been designed in the form of a giant hand made from metal sheets that rotates like a weathercock, indicating the direction of wind. This giant hand is 14 metres high and weighs around 50 tonnes. The significance of open hand is that it conveys the social message of peace and unity that is "open to give & open to receive." Open hand is the city's official emblem.

One of the most significant monuments planned by Le Corbusier in Chandigarh is the Open Hand. The monument is a place to visit in Chandigarh. Rising 85 feet high from a sunken trench, a giant hand in metal sheets is designed to rotate "like a weather cock, not to show the incertitude of ideas, but to indicate symbolically the direction of wind (that is the state of affairs)." It is also meant to convey a message of peace "open to receive." Amongst the other monumental places to visit in Chandigarh are the Tower of Shadows, Geometric Hill, and Martyr's Memorial

This monument lies in the major restricted area which also is a high security zone due to the presence of the High Court , Vidhan Sabha and Civil Secretariat being at a close proximity to it. Earlier, There were restrictions and a number of security barricades on the way to enter the monument but now, the government has relaxed the rules and a free entry allows you to enter the space from one side

Visited May 2014
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