The law-interpreting monument was
built in the Capitol Complex during 1951-57. This structure has a double roof,
projecting over the office block like a parasol or an inverted umbrella. The magnificent
outward sweep of the upper roof is symbolic of protection and justice to the people.
The three vertical piers, rising 60 feet from the floor and painted in bright
colours form the grand entrance to the building. A gigantic egg-crate screen covers
the building façade. On the rear walls of the court rooms, hand the giant woolen
tapestries designed by Le Corbusier.
The law-executing monument is the
largest and tallest of the three edifices in the Capitol Complex. Built during
1953-59, it is shaped like an eight-storeyed concrete slab, with its distinctive
brise-soleil-louvered screen of deeply sculptured two-storey porticos in the centre,
housing the offices of ministers. The cafeteria rests stop the terrace is like
an art object, giving a spectacular view of the city.
The profile of this law-forming
monument epitomizes stately grandeur. Square in plan, with a monumental portico
standing free from the main building, it faces the High Court. The shape of the
cupola is an obliquely truncated hyperbolic parabolic, extending well above the
roof line. A pyramid covers the upper chamber of the erstwhile bicameral system
and offers an exciting counterpoint to the cupola, lending artistic grace to the
THE OPEN HAND
One of the most significant
monuments planned by Le Corbusier
in Chandigarh is the Open
Hand. The monument is a place
to visit in Chandigarh. Rising
85 feet high from a sunken
trench, a giant hand in metal
sheets is designed to rotate
"like a weather cock, not
to show the incertitude of
ideas, but to indicate symbolically
the direction of wind (that
is the state of affairs)."
It is also meant to convey
a message of peace "open to
receive." Amongst the other
monumental places to visit
in Chandigarh are the Tower
of Shadows, Geometric Hill,
and Martyr's Memorial.