Nek Chand’s son keen on mini Rock Garden in Shimla

Subhash Rajta

Tribune News Service

Shimla, August 19

If the proposal of the legendary Nek Chand's son is accepted, Shimla could have a miniature Rock Garden of its own. "I am sending the Shimla MC a proposal to display the sculptures in the Rock Garden style at a small space between The Ridge and the Mall Road, near the live screen on the Mall Road," said Anuj Saini, the legendary sculptor's son. "We will also do the landscaping of the place to give it a nice look," he said.

Decades-old gift

Nek Chand had gifted some sculptures to the Shimla Municipal Corporation about four decades back. About 10 to 15 of these were installed at different places in Shimla. With these sculptures crumbling and coming apart over the years, the Municipal Corporation has sent these pieces to Anuj Saini, Nek Chand's son, for repair.

Incidentally, Nek Chand had gifted some sculptures to the Shimla Municipal Corporation about four decades back. About 10 to 15 of these were installed at different places in the city. With these sculptures crumbling and coming apart over the years, the Municipal Corporation has sent these pieces to Anuj Saini, Nek Chand's son, for repair. "I will repair and restore these sculptures to their original shape in the next two months and send them back to the Shimla MC," said Saini.

Saini recalled that his father had gifted these sculptures to the Shimla MC when he had gone there for an exhibition. "He had gone to Shimla in the late 80s, I think. After the exhibition, he gifted these sculptures to the MC," said Saini.

Unlike before, Saini wants these sculptures to be displayed at one point. "It will be really nice if these are all displayed at a single place. Having them installed at different places is not ideal as far as safety and maintenance is concerned. Besides, I think not many knew these were sculpted by Nek Chand. If they are displayed together, we can make a mention that these were crafted by Nek Chand," he said.

Shimla MC Commissioner Ashish Kohli, however, wasn't sure if they could find a place to display all these sculptures at a single place on The Ridge or the Mall. "We haven't thought about where to place these so far. Anyway, we will place them at prime places, preferably in parks on The Ridge and The Mall Road," said Kohli.

Courtesy: Tribune News Service
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