Bhubaneswar: The sand sculpture of Santa Clause measuring a height of 45 feet by renowned sand artist Sudarsan Pattnaik at the Puri beach on Christmas Eve, has been placed as world’s largest sand Santa in Limca Book of Records.
This was informed by the senior editor of Limca Book of Records, Arthy Muthanna Singh in an email to Pattnaik on Tuesday.
“We are all very proud of you, as one of Limca Book of Records People of the Year 2009 who keeps setting higher standards and keeps breaking records year after year. Keep it up!”, she said while informing Pattnaik that he has broken his own record of 2008.
Sudarsan used about more than 1000 tonness of sand with some coloured sand in the sculpture. Pattnaik, who was assisted by 20 of his students at the Sudarsan Sand Art Institute of Puri, took 22 hours in two days for the mammoth structure which will be on display from December 24 till January 1.
Sudarsan has also created Lord Jesus and mother merry near the Santa.
Large number of tourists, who are in the temple town during the ongoing festive season, throng the beach every day for a glimpse of the marvellous structure. Sudarsan’s sand santa has got lot of popularity in social media.
Sudarsan had already created eight world records registered with the Limca Book of World Records.
The Padma awardee has participated in more than 50 International sand art championships and festivals around the World and won many prizes for the country.
His main aim is to spread social message through his sculpture.