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978-2-08-030518-3 / 9782080305183

Nek Chand's Outsider Art: The Rock Garden of Chandigarh

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Publisher:Flammarion

Edition:Hardcover

Language:English

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FOR FOURTEEN YEARS, NEK CHAND SECRETLY TRANSPORTED THOUSANDS OF STONES BY BICYCLE FROM THE HIMALAYAN FOOTHILLS TO A SECLUDED, GOVERNMENT-OWNED JUNGLE CLEARING. THERE HE COMBINED THEM WITH URBAN DEBRIS--CORRODED WIRES, SHEET METAL, BICYCLE PARTS, TUBES, TIRES, MULTICOLORED TISSUE, GLASS AND FEATHERS--TO MAKE STATUETTES. IN 1972, AUTHORITIES STUMBLED UPON HIS MENAGERIE OF ELEPHANTS, HORSES, MONKEYS, BIRDS, AND FIGURES AND EVENTUALLY DECIDED TO SUPPORT HIS PROJECT AT WHAT IS NOW THE SECOND MOST-VISITED SITE IN INDIA AFTER THE TAJ MAHAL. AUTHORATIVE TEXT, AN INTERVIEW, 140 ILLUSTRATIONS, AND A DETAILED SITE MAP PAY HOMAGE TO THIS SINGULAR FANTASY UNIVERSE. THIS BOOK IS PUBLISHED FOR THE EXHIBITION AT THE AMERICAN FOLK ART MUSEUM (APRIL 4-SEPTEMBER 24, 2006).

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