Sand Artist Sudarsan’s new sand castle creates Guinness World Record

Feb 12, 2017 09:10 IST

Sand artist Sudarsan Pattnaik created a Guinness World Record on 10 February 2017 by sculpting a 48.8 feet tall sand castle at Odisha’s Puri beach.

The world’s tallest sand castle carries a message of world peace and features sculptures of legendary leaders and preachers of peace such as Mahatma Gandhi, Nelson Mandela and Gautama Buddha.

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Key Highlights

• Patnaik achieved the huge feat in just four days.

• He along with his 45 students started work on the sculpture on 7 February. They worked for nearly 12 hours a day.

• The artwork would be exhibited on the Puri beach for two more days.

• The official announcement about Patnaik’s feat was made by Guinness authorities in the presence of the state’s chief secretary Aditya Padhi and other senior officers.

• American artist Ted Siebert was the previous record holder. He had built a 13.97 metre high (45 .10 feet) sand castle at Miami Beach, USA in 2015 in seven days.

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About Sudarsan Pattnaik

• The 39-year-old Odisha-born sand artist is a Padma Shri awardee. He was conferred the prestigious award on 2014.

• He started sculpting images on the sand at an early age of seven years and has designed hundreds of sand art pieces since then.

• Previously, he has created 23 world records, all of which are registered in the Limca Book of Records.

• He has represented India in 50 international Sand Sculpture championships and festivals and has won 27 among them.

• He won the World champion title at USF World Sand Sculpture championship at Berlin in 2008.

• Apart from this, he is a 5-times winner of People’s choice award at Berlin.

• He also established the Golden Sand Art Institute, the first-ever sand institute in India

• One of his sand sculptures titled, the Black Taj Mahal, received accolades from around the world.

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