Friday, December 25, 2009
Most Santa Claus images on sand-Sudarshan Pattnaik
sets world record
PURI Beach, India--Internationally acclaimed sand artist
Patnaik, 33, and 20 of his students created 100 sand
sculptures of Santa Claus on the Puri beach-setting the world
record for the Most
Santa Claus images on sand.
Patnaik, along with his apprentices, created the
Santa Claus images on sand in time for Christmas to
deliver an environmental message to the world. The message,
"Save Earth from Global Warming," has been carved into the
Patnaik said, "It took nearly 48 hours to create 105
Santas and Christmas trees. About 1,000 tons of sand was used
in creating the statues."
Two little girls from West Bengal inaugurated
the exhibition with the Most
Santa Claus images on sand at the beach on eve of
Christmas. "The girls were chosen to inaugurate the event
because children love Santas," Pattnaik said.
“Puri is the place where sand art started in the
14th Century and the tourist inflow into Puri is another reason
why I chose the awareness about global warming by carving
images of Santa Claus,” Pattnaik said.
Last year he sculpted the tallest Santa
on sand that stood 35 feet high and pleaded with people to
further peace in every sphere of life.
"The popularity of Santa is growing by the
year among children. The message on global warming through
Santa is especially for them as they alone can convince elders
to exercise restraint and avert the looming disaster for earth
from global warming," Patnaik said.
"Myself and my students are putting in at
least 10 hours every day in giving shape to the Santa Clauses
and the 100th one would be completed by December 24 evening,"
said Patnaik who was recently felicitated by President
Pratibha Patil at Puri for his achievement in the field
of sand sculpting.
Patnaik has participated in more than
40 international sand sculpture festivals and competitions
and won several prizes.
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