Sans titreChand, Nek
untitled, between 1960 and 2005
sculpture, cement, ceramic and various materials
148 x 55 x 50 cm
© photo credit
Collection de l’Art Brut, Lausanne
Chand, Nek (1924), Pakistan
Nek Chand was born in the village of Berian Kalan, in what is now Pakistan. Later, he emigrated to India with his family and in 1950 settled in Chandigarh, where he worked as a public transport official.
Pursuing a vision that appeared to him in a dream, Nek Chand started to clear an area of jungle on the city’s outskirts where, according to him, a glorious kingdom had once existed. He amassed stones, bricks and materials retrieved from the city’s rubbish tips in order to construct the Rock Garden. Today this extends over two hectares and is inhabited by several hundred sculptures lined up on a series of terraces, arches, waterfalls and winding paths.
Exhibition(s) at the Art Brut Collection