Simon Martin | culture24 | 18th June 2015
By day, Nek Chand was a Punjabi roads inspector but at night he went into the forest and created a sculpture garden using materials from demolition sites. When the garden was discovered after 15 years, it was already 13 acres in size. Decades later it is one of the most visited sites in India and has influenced India’s thinking about public spaces. The first hint of government support came when he was given a befitting title – “Subdivisional Engineer, Rock Garden”.