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  Tallest sand sculpture of Santa Claus-world record set by Sudarsan Patnaik

  Wednesday, December 24, 2008
  Bhubaneswar, India -- Using 1,000 tones of sand, sand artist Sudarsan Pattnaik and his team carved a moving image of Santa Claus at Orissa's Puri beach, measuring 100 feet long (30-meter-long) , 30 feet wide and 15 feet high-which sets the record for the  Tallest sand sculpture of Santa Claus.

   Photo: Mr. Patnaik's sculpture of Santa Claus, created on the sandy beaches with the help of students of his Golden Sand Art School, would be on display for a couple of days. / Photo: Biswaranjan Rout -AP
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 In his sculpture, Pattnaik showed Santa Claus distributing peace in form of gifts.

 "We set out with the aim of completing the sculpture in 50 hours, but we have been able to nearly complete it in 40 hours," Pattnaik said.

    Though Hindus and Muslims comprise the majority of the population in India, Christmas is celebrated with much fanfare.

   Last year, Pattnaik had created world's biggest sand sculpture of Jesus Christ along with an image of Santa Claus on Puri beach

    Pattnaik, who has participated in 38 international sand sculpture competitions and festivals across the world, recently wrote an e-mail letter to Obama seeking the latter's support create a sand art park for the development of global tourism and promotion of sand art.

   The artist has said in his latter to the President-elect that he needs a piece of land near to the sea beach in the United States to create a sand art Park which will be world's first sand sculpture park.

   Related world records:
   Tallest sandcastle-wolrd record set by Ed Jarrett

   Longest letter to Santa Claus-world record set by the Romanian Post

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