In a moving ceremony at the Rock Garden in Chandigarh respects were paid to Tony Rajer who for over a decade had been closely involved with the conservation and development of the world’s largest visionary environment. Speakers included Rajpal Singh of the Punjab Arts Council, John Maizels from Raw Vision and Tony’s step daughter Sarah Davitt. The final address was given by Nek Chand who expressed his sorrow at losing his ‘brother’ and who had arranged for a stone to be carved with Tony’s likeness which will be permanently installed at the Rock Garden. This ceremony was held on February 25, Rajer’s birthday, and was held at the same time as a similar event in Green Bay, Wisconsin. There will be a dedication ceremony by the great waterfall in the Rock Garden in February 2013 where the memorial will be placed.
Tony Rajer had also been in charge of running the international volunteer programme which had made such a positive difference at the Rock Garden. Volunteers from around the world have been involved in repairing sculptures, cleaning rubbish and graffiti and working on the world’s biggest mosaic programme. This activity will still continue and potential volunteers, who will live at the Rock Garden for one month, are now asked to contact us here.