A Cast-Iron Manhole Cover, circa 1960
molded with sand-cast relief depicting a map of Chandigarh as drawn by Le Corbusier and 'Chandigarh'
3 7/8 in. (10 cm.) high, 24¾ in. (63 cm.) diameter
Public space, Chandigarh.

Lot Essay

cf. S. and S. Bahga, Le Corbusier and Pierre Jeanneret: Footprints on the Sands of Indian Architecture, New Delhi, 2000, p. 50 for another manhole cover from Chandigarh.

K. Joshi, Documenting Chandigarh: The Indian Architecture of Pierre Jeanneret, Edwin Maxwell Fry, Jane Beverly Drew, vol. 1, Ahmedabad, 1999, p. 274 for another manhole cover from Chandigarh.

W. Boesinger, ed. Le Corbusier, Oeuvre Complète. vol. 8, 1965-1969 Les dernières oeuvres,, Zurich, 1965, p. 117 for another manhole cover from Chandigarh.

Kiran Joshi notes about Pierre Jeanneret's manhole covers: "Dotting 9000 acres of Chandigarh, these manhole covers, as a constant assertion of major elements of the Master Plan, have become the city's trademark. The design articulates Chandigarh's well-ordered road system, each residential sector, Le Corbusier's Capitol, the City Center and meandering edges of the Suhkna and Patiali-ki-Rao rivulets". (Joshi documenting Chandigarh, p. 274.)

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