Creator of world famous Rock Garden Nek Chand died in Chandigarh at PGI, where he had been admitted following chest pain. He was 90.
The Padma Shri awardee, whose 90th birthday was celebrated by the Chandigarh Administration on December 15, built the city’s iconic Rock Garden from waste and other unused household materials.
Nek Chand, who was born in a village now in Pakistan, worked as a road inspector of the Public Works Department.
His body is being kept at the Rock Garden today to enable people to pay their last respects, his family said, adding, the cremation is expected to take place tomorrow.
Spread over an area of 40-acres, the garden was inaugurated in 1976.
Nek Chand ji will always be remembered for his artistic genius & fabulous creation that is cherished by many. May his soul rest in peace. — Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) June 12, 2015
Saddened to learn about the passing away of Nek Chand ji, the creator of the fabulous Rock Garden in Chandigarh
— Kirron Kher (@KirronKherBJP) June 12, 2015
— Vivek Atray (@vivekatray) June 12, 2015
The creator of the wonderful sculpture called the Rock Garden Nek Chand ji has passed away. God bless his soul. #RIPNekChandJi
— Gurpreet Singh (@THEMONTY89) June 12, 2015
RIP Nek Chand. You have given the city a beautiful gift- feel proud to belong to that city! — Shelly Gupta (@shelly_sd) June 12, 2015
— Gul Panag (@GulPanag) June 12, 2015