Puri: On the occasion of Christmas celebration, the Puri beach will be crowded. Not only by those who enjoy a stroll by the seaside but also by Santa Clauses and Christmas trees, not just one or two but a 500 of them!. On 22nd December more than 500 of sand Santa clauses spreading messages about Global Warming with a slogan “Go Green Save Earth “at Model beach behind Panthanivas hotel, Puri, Odisha, India.
World renowned sand artist Sudarsan Pattnaik represented these sand Santas in a unique way on his 10th sand art festival. Generally Santa clause brings gifts to home for good children but these Santa Clause spreading messages about save Earth. Sudarsan Pattnaik who has already a record holder of Limca book trying for another record by creating more than five hundreds of sand santa clause. He will break his own record that created hundred sand santa clauses in 2009.
Sudarsan not only created five hundreds of sand Santa clause but also created 38 ft high sand Jesus stand in the middle of the sculpture with holding a message “Go Green Save Earth”. He has used nearly 5000 tons of sand and around four days to complete this. He also used color sand to create the images of Santa. In this event about 30 students of his sand art institute are assisting him.
I always try to give some awareness messages through my sculpture to the World so I chose the awareness about global warming through Santas as the subject at the year end and I hope the sand sculpture of Santa clauses will place in “Limca Book of World Record,” Pattnaik said. Officials of Limca book of record has given me consent to create this sculpture.
Sudarsan has participated in more than 50 international sand sculpture championships/ festivals across the world and won many awards for the country. He has numbers of world record on sand sculpture in the Limaca Book of World record. Through his art Sudarsan helped the tsunami victims in India, Earth quick victims, save the endangered Olive Ridley Turtles and spread awareness of the dangers of HIV-AIDS, polio and also tribute to train blast victims.