Unsupported browser

For a better experience please update your browser to its latest version.

Your browser appears to have cookies disabled. For the best experience of this website, please enable cookies in your browser

We'll assume we have your consent to use cookies, for example so you won't need to log in each time you visit our site.
Learn more

Le Corbusier’s Chandigarh ‘being plundered’

  • Comment

Campaigners have called for the Le Corbusier-designed Chandigarh city in India to be protected after it emerged pieces were being sold on for profit

The Swiss-born architect drew up plans for Chandigarh in the 1950s as part of India’s move towards modernisation but art dealers have bought his design pieces from city officials who are unaware of their value, it has been reported. They allegedly then sell them for thousands of pounds in profit.

Chairs from the city’s assembly buildings were among a lot sold at a London auction last year and campaigners have called for the plundering of Chandigarh’s heritage to stop, calling for help from other nations.

Manmohan Nath Sharma, who assisted Le Corbusier during the city’s design, said: ‘What is being lost is irreplaceable. Our heritage is going to be gone forever. This matter is being taken very lightly by the authorities, so now we need international help. This is a handmade city. It is unique. It can never be replaced.’

Le Corbusier was brought in to oversee every aspect of the city’s design and feel, from the modernist buildings to its smallest features like door handles.

 

  • Comment

Have your say

You must sign in to make a comment

Please remember that the submission of any material is governed by our Terms and Conditions and by submitting material you confirm your agreement to these Terms and Conditions.

Links may be included in your comments but HTML is not permitted.