Thursday, February 17, 2011

Nek Chand

Nek Chand is an Indian artist who is building a sculpture park from recycled materials.  It is an intriguing story.  Nek Chand worked as a road inspector during the construction of the designed city of Chandigarh.  During the time when he wasn't working he collected materials to recycle into his park.  He built it on 12 acres of public land and he hid it from authorities for 18 years!  When discovered, the park was saved from destruction by the strength of public opinion.   Then the government gave him a salary to keep building the park.  Today it is a major tourist attraction.  

I particularly love his figurative sculptures.  I find this man and his work inspiring.

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