Tuesday, 29 Dec, 2009 Offbeat

Artist Sculpts 100 Santas Using Sand to Draw Attention on Global Warming


A sand artist from India is the author of 100 Santa Clause figures made from sand and recently presented on an exhibition in Puri, a tourist town in eastern Orissa state, India. The idea was to inform people about the global warming issue.

The artist also sculpted a number of Christmas trees that feature the message: "Save the Earth from Global Warming". The exclusive exhibition has been visited by a large number of tourists. It is worth mentioning that to create his sculptures the artist used 1,000 tons of sand and spent 36 hours on the sculpture.

But the Indian artist was not alone, being helped by 20 students from the Golden Institute of Sand Art. It would be interesting to note that the town of Puri represents the place where sand art found its origin back in the 14th century, reports BBC News. Mr. Patnaik has chosen this time of the year due to the fact that Puri attracts a lot of people during winter holidays, thus it's the most suitable period to draw their attention on climate change.

The Indian artist is famous not only in his native country. He managed to win a competition in Germany and was listed in the Limca Book of Records after creating the tallest Santa Claus in 2008, the sculpture being 25 feet tall. He has always picked social themes for his creations, including HIV-Aids, the bird flu epidemic in India and the tsunami disaster.

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