Open Hand Monument Chandigargh Le Corbusier
The Open Hand Monument is a symbolic structure designed by Le Corbusier, located at Capital Complex in Chandigarh, India. It is the emblem or symbol of the Government of Chandigarh, symbolizing 'the hand to give and the hand to take; peace and prosperity, and the unity of mankind'. Being the largest example of Le Corbusier's many Open Hand sculptures, it stands 26 metres (85 ft) high and rotates in the wind.
The Open Hand became a public project rather than a private symbol when Le Corbusier planned it for the city of Chandigarh, where his associate and cousin Pierre Jeanneret was then working as chief architect and town planning advisor, supervising the construction of Chandigarh.
Le Corbusier planned to erect the Open Hand against the scenic background of the Himalayas. He called the location he had selected the 'Pit of Contemplation'. In spite of efforts to find funding, it was twenty years after Le Corbusier's death in 1965 that the Open Hand, his dream project, was realized.