Robert Orchardson

‘Soleil géométrique’, 2014
Photopolymer print with chine-collé
64 x 54cm. Edition in progress,

Robert Orchardson spent two weeks in Chandigarh, a city conceived by Independent India’s first Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru in 1948 and designed by the Swiss architect Le Corbusier from 1951. With support from the Le Corbusier Centre in Chandigarh, Orchardson was able to visit key examples of the architect’s work in a city that has been described as ‘one of the most remarkable urban projects and a key milestone in the history of Modern architecture and urban planning.’ However, many of the buildings are now crumbling and have fallen into disrepair. The artist was fascinated by the resulting contrast between modernity and decay, movement and stasis.  His work for Below another sky explores the surfaces, textures and underlying structures of Le Corbusier’s vision, in particular ideals such as the Golden Section. Orchardson’s work reconfigures these structures to become something new.