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Nek Chand Fantasy Rock Garden, Chandigarh, Punjab, India

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(April 2012)

The Nek Chand Fantasy Rock Garden was built over 15 years by one man. He arrived in Chandigarh from Pakistan after Partition, and found inspiration in all the trash left over from the city's construction.


Nek Chand Rock Garden is purportedly the second most visited Indian tourist attraction, after the Taj Mahal.


Ceramic mosaic water women, walking stoically in the sun's glare.


Gretchen asked some little girls to pose with her for a photo. That opened the floodgates of requests for her to stand for countless pictures.


Next to the bathrooms, these fabulous mosaics.


Recycled pieces of broken dishes rearranged into art.


Walls made of recycled industrial waste.


A wall made of ceramic electrical sockets. It would make a good climbing wall.


The Rock Garden doesn't occupy a large area, but the twists and turns make you feel like you've been wandering for hours in fairyland.


The waterfall sections of the garden are cool and refreshing on a hot Punjabi day.


Twisty roots, sculpted in cement.


It's hard to believe that one man created all this. He is still around, well into his nineties.


An army of triumphant soldiers marches at the top of this majestic waterfall.


Each sculpted figure has a personality of its own.


Everyone stops here for a photo in front of the waterfall.


A parade of white ceramic horses, their highway still under construction.


A government survey crew discovered the garden in 1973. Instead of demolishing it, the garden was recognized as a work of genius and worked it into the new city's design.


School children in shorts with tall white birds.


Gretchen's favorites were the crews of skinny moose and elephants.


They look slightly rabid.


I don't know what these animals are made of, maybe cement.


Chand had no formal artistic training.


Now that he's famous, Chand has numerous volunteers to build his recycled trash sculptures.


The baubles lining this wall reminded us of shish kebobs.


On a broiling hot day, everyone clusters in any bit of shade available.


An array of ladies decorated with broken bangles.


Twisty little dancers.


Industrial waste made useful again.


Creepy babydoll head sculpture.


Here's where broken tea cups go when they die.


Reclining broken plate people with coffee mug hands.


My, what long bendy arms you have.


Gretchen chooses her favorite bit of china.


Meditating in the noonday sun.


Chand's ceramic people sculptures went on and on.


Some seemed to be in the process of being born from a sea of broken pottery.


The little doggies would make cute stuffed animals.


If you had some bored artistic children and some extra cement, this would be a good summertime project. Then your front lawn could look like this.


Parade of dancing plate ladies.


Just imagine breaking all those plates. It must have been one heck of a fight.


Ladies with unnaturally long arms.


Boys in pebble shorts and plate shirts.


Here come the broken bangle birds.


White ceramic swan in the sun.


Big shouldered men made of metal discs.


A sitting council dressed in white and yellow pottery shards.


The bangle people.


Fly like a dragonfly.


Does anyone else think coffee cup hands and cement faces are a little creepy?


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