This catalog explores the life and work of self-taught artist Nek Chand (b. 1924) who created an extraordinary 40-acre Rock Garden inhabited by some 10,000 sculptures in the Himalayan foothills of Chandigarh, India. Driven by the belief that everything in nature transforms itself from one form into another-nature's way of recycling. Chand began to collect and sort the rocks, boulders, ceramic shards, bits of broken glass jewelry, building waste, coal, and clay from the remains of destroyed villages to create a Rock Garden "kingdom," his personal dream and offering to the Supreme Being. The Arts Center's permanent collection includes 160 works of concrete and fabric figures and animals created by Nek Chand, the largest collection of his work outside the Garden.