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Adviser Launches replica of Pierre Jeanneret’s paddle boat at Sukhna Lake

Adviser Launches replica of Pierre Jeanneret’s paddle boat at Sukhna Lake

Chandigarh, 1st October 2019: Chandigarh today rediscovered an important part of its history when the first prototype of the paddle boat again sailed on the waters of the Sukhna Lake with the launch by Adviser to Administrator, Sh Manoj Parida.

Since Le Corbusier clearly prohibited the use of motor boats on the Lake to maintain its peace and tranquility, the first paddle boat for the Sukhna Lake was designed by Pierre Jeanneret in 1954. This paddle boat showcased the versatility of Jeanneret as a designer and had the same aesthetics as his buildings and furniture. However some years back these boats were removed from the Lake and later disposed off.

Under the project Building Chandigarh, French artist Pierrick Mouton in collaboration with Alliance Française de Chandigarh developed a replica of the same boat which was launched in the Sukhna Lake. The boat was made using drawings made on the basis of archival pictures and constructed by a local carpenter. It will eventually kept at the Jeanneret house where the first prototype was made in the lawn of this house.

Deepika Gandhi said that the launch of the boat is a befitting commemoration of the contribution of Jeanneret to the creation of Chandigarh. She informed that  such was Jeanneret’s love for the city and the Sukhna lake that he had specified that after his death he should not be buried but cremated and his ashes be immersed in the Sukhna Lake. His niece brought his ashes from Geneva in 1970 and they were immersed here as per his wish.

Another interesting event on the occasion was the plantation of tree that was brought from Switserland to Chandigarh. In the garden of the Villa “le lac(house of the lake) in Switzerland, Le Corbusier had planted a Paulownia tomentosa tree which eventually became a defining feature of the house. A cutting of the same tree that grew on the terrace of Villa “le lac” was brought to Chandigarh by Pierrick Mouton and planted here at the Sukhna Lake by the Adviser. According to Sylvain Coin, Director Alliance Française this reflects the philosophy of Open to give and Open to receive which was advocated by Corbusier himself. Laying to rest the concerns about an alien tree thriving in Chandigarh, Prof Rajnish Wattas shared an interesting fact that trees of the same species are in fact growing in the Lake reserve forest.

The Chief Guest for the event was Sh Manoj Parida, IAS, Adviser to the Administrator, Chandigarh, with many eminent architects and citizens coming to witness this historic moment besides senior officials of the Chandigarh Administration.

The Adviser lauded the effort of Pierrick Mouton and thanked Alliance Française for this priceless addition to the city’s heritage. He hoped that this is one of the many ventures of Indo French collaboration that enriches both the countries.