Nek Chand Saini

In the 1950s Nek Chand Saini was a road engineer working on the planned city of Chandigarh, which was being built to house the huge influx of Hindus driven out of the new Pakistan after the Partition of India in 1947. He so hated the regimented modernist city designed by Le Corbusier - where everything from the sewers up was designed on a grid system – that, in 1958, he started to create a secret garden, illegally, in a wooded wasteland on the edge of the town. It was to be a place where people liked being, full of animals and fountains, gods and swings.  It wasn’t until 1975 that officials finally discovered what he’d been doing, by which time he’d already covered 12 acres with terraced fields full of sculptures! The authorities were so surprised and delighted that they released him from his duties, gave him a team of workers and told him to get on with the job. He’s still creating one of the wonders of the world.


For more information please visit Nek’s website: www.nekchand.com



The Rock Garden   1958 – ongoing
Chandigarh, India
view from the air

The Rock Garden   1958 – ongoing
Chandigarh, India
heavenly field populated with people and animals