Sudarsan creates world’s biggest Santa Clause on sand with plastic bottles

Bhubaneswar: On the eve of Christmas celebrations, international sand artist Sudarsan Pattnaik attempted for another world record with installation of the world’s biggest sand Santa Clause on sand with plastic bottles at at Puri beach of Odisha.

The sand Santa Clause on sand with plastic bottles gives a message “Ready to change, #BeatPlasticPollution”.

“Beat plastic pollution, the theme for World Environment Day 2018, is a call to action for all of us to come together to combat one of the great environmental challenges of our time,” said Sudarsan.

The height of the sculpture is 30 feet high and 100 feet wide.

He has used about 800 tonnes of sand including coloured sand and 10,000 plastic bottles on this sculpture. He has also created two Christmas trees.

The master sculptor was assisted by 40 of his disciples at the Sudarsan Sand Art Institute of Puri and they took 2 days to build up the mammoth structure.

All the plastic bottles will be recycled after the event, said Sudarsan.

“We can make changes in our everyday lives to reduce the heavy burden of plastic pollution on our natural places, our wildlife – and our own health,” said Sudarsan.

The record-making sculpture will be on display till January 1 for thousands of tourists and pilgrims who have been thronging the beach everyday for a glimpse of the marvelous structure.

Sudarsan already holds world records in the Limca Book of Records. He is also a Guinness World record holder by creating the world’s tallest sand castle.

So far, Padma awardee Sudarsan Pattnaik has participated in more than 60 international sand sculpture championships and festivals around the world and won many prizes for our country.