Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Le Corbusier Manhole Cover & The Chandigarh Project

If the only alternative is to have all the stuff rot, deteriorate, or be destroyed, I guess it's better that the thousands of pieces of furniture and street fixtures Le Corbusier designed for Chandigarh, India's first planned city, get looted back to Parisian galleries and auction houses.

But I'm not sure that's quite how the Chandigarh Project has been going down.

In any case, on Friday, you can, uh, do your part in preserving Le Corbusier's legacy for future generations by buying some former government office furniture. Or perhaps a manhole cover, which had no doubt been subject to decades of abuse under the feet and wheels of insensitive Chandigarians.

Lot 258: Le Corbusier Manhole Cover, 1961, est. EUR15-20,000.