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.
• 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.
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.