The overall layout of Rock Garden has the fantasy of a lost kingdom. The royal ambience of the place makes us to bow our head as we enter the small entrance doors. There are a number of doorways, archways, vestibules, streets and lanes of different scales and dimensions. At every corner and every turn, one gets more and more curious as each door opens into a new array of display or courtyards and chambers.
The Rock Garden consists of fourteen different chambers like the forecourt housing natural rock-forms, a royal; poet’s and a musician’s chamber complete with a pond and a hut. The main court (Durbar) where the king’s throne adorns the place has natural stone sculptures depicting gods and goddesses lining the place and also has a swimming pool for the queen. The next phase of the garden includes the grand place complex miners, waterfalls, an open air theatre, a village, mountains, over-bridges, pavilions and areas for royal pleasures. The existing vegetation of the place along with the trees and root sculptures offers a powerful counterpoint.
Amidst the rustic and exotic environment of the garden lie an open air theatre and a vast pavilion along with a center stage which are other highlights of the place. During the Teej festival, the Rock Garden takes upon a festive look and attracts lot of tourists to the garden. Young damsels enjoy themselves by involving in various activities like swaying on the giant wings, adorning their hands with traditional Mehandi (henna) along with singing songs and dancing. As you astonishingly look and enjoy the inspiring creation of Rock Garden in Chandigarh, you may even walk into earth artist Nek Chand himself in flesh and blood, working at or supervising his ‘Kingdom’.
The site where Rock Garden in Chandigarh stands today was once a place for dumping urban and industrial waste. It was Nek Chand who picked up pieces of wastes from foundry lime-kiln and metal workshop wastes and shaped them with his genius creations into human, animal or abstract forms. These creations are now being displayed as sculptures in the garden. A verity of discarded materials such as frame, mudguards, forks, handle bars, forks, metal wires, play marbles, pieces of state, burnt bricks and even hair recovered from barber shops are also displayed as shaped sculptures. Nek Chand salvaged different forms of demolished structures like wastes from lime kiln, discarded street lights, electrical fittings, broken sanitary ware, crockery etc. and demonstrated how these wastes can be recycled and used in creative pursuit.