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In photos and hearts, Jeanneret’s art life on : The Tribune India

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Amarjot Kaur

Tribune News Company

Chandigarh, July 10

Tracing the heritage and origin of Pierre Jeanneret’s cement sculpture, which languishes in neglect at the nursery wing of Government Model Senior College, Sector 16, two new images of the rare artwork were being shared on social media today.

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A image, from ID Mirchandani’s collection, shared by his son Arun Mirchandani..
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The two photographs are from ID Mirchandani’s own assortment. In a person photograph, the sculpture is put towards the faculty building’s ramp, while the other reveals it from a length, in an open up ground that is minimize by a seemingly one particular-foot tall cemented boundary wall of sorts, the curves of which resemble that of a snake.

“My father was included with the development of Chandigarh as executive engineer from 1954 to 1957 way ahead of I was born, and taught at Punjab Engineering Higher education (PEC). He was very fond of clicking images, but all I have of this sculpture are these two shots,” reported Delhi-based mostly retired civil engineer Arun Mirchandani, who was born in Chandigarh.

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The remains of a sculpture produced by Pierre Jeanneret at Federal government Product Senior College, Sector 16, Chandigarh. photograph by author
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As architect Sarbjit Bahga posted these pics on his Facebook account, pointing at a Chandigarh Tribune article about the sculpture, he wrote: “This exclusive photo has been shared by my friend and wonderful archivist Arun Mirchandani for the reward of people who will be reviving this sculpture… It is hoped that the Chandigarh Administration will get it restored right away as it is a useful piece of art of Chandigarh’s heritage.”

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A photograph shared by Kunal and Tarun Mathur, sons of BP Mathur, who labored with Jeanneret much too.
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The Tribune correspondent also found a photograph of the sculpture’s design while scrolling down the web-site of the Canadian Centre for Architecture (CCA), Montreal. The photograph mentions it as “the Reward of Jacqueline Jeanneret”. Jacqueline was Pierre’s niece and had gifted his works to the CCA.

Just like architects Kunal Mathur and Tarun Mathur, who shared the sculpture’s image from their father BP Mathur’s private selection, the sculpture tugs at the heartstrings of lots of who noticed it in its prime. Element of Le Corbusier’s main group of architects, SD Sharma remembers the sculpture as “pristine white, worthwhile and rare types by Pierre Jeanneret. “Jeanneret did not make many sculptures. That’s what can make this one particular a rarity. Though I wasn’t there when it was remaining made, I did see it some 50 several years back. I hope the administration does some thing about it soon,” he states. On a identical be aware, architect Sudhir Vohra, who is now centered in Delhi, shares, “I researched in this college and don’t forget this sculpture. While I don’t have a pretty vivid memory of it, I do remember it was tall, measuring about 7 or 8 ft.” Vohra’s father, BB Vohra, was the initial estate officer of Chandigarh Venture.

At the college, though, the sculpture stands divided in between two eras and identities of the city getting its rightful location in Town Wonderful and as a renowned Punjabi tune phone calls it ‘patharan da shehar’ (town of stones).

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