Awesome Sand Sculptures By Sudarsan Pattnaik (With Pictures)

Lord Jagannath's abode, Puri in Orissa, the pilgrimage center for Hindus is not only famous for the temple but of-late it has also become famous for the beautifully carved sand sculptures by Sudarshan Patnaik.

Sudarshan Patnaik is now a world-renowned sand artist who has won many awards and has got great reception over the years because of the awesome sand sculptures that he creates. With his art he has created many a masterpieces spreading awareness, to congratulating many leaders for their achievement, or to bring notice to the general public about a core issue.

He comes up with sand sculptures on various topical issues and lends his support uniquely. He has created excellent masterpieces on advocating the use of greener methods to cut carbon footprint, to congratulating Barack Obama on his famous win, to paying tribute to pop sensation Micheal Jackson. Some other famous carvings of his are of the 100 Santa Clause Sculpture for which he is the Guinness World Record holder, or building a 25 foot Santa Clause for which is included in the Limca Book of World Records, and one got huge appreciation for building the Black Taj Mahal near to the real one.

The timeline for such artistic pieces is often very less, may be a day or two, but the impact that it creates is much wider. Several of his sculptures have been shown in various news channels across the world, while some have made it to the front pages of several national dailies in India.

Spreading Awareness Through His Art

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A sand sculpture depicting the face of Lord Ganesha and urging people to save the planet by using environment friendly measures. Sand art of Lord Jagannath, Balabhadra, and Subhadra for reducing global warming.Again a sculpture of Lord Ganesha urging people to reduce global warming.Goddess Durga and at the top showing a burning earth. Advocating to use greener methods to fight global warming.Ganesha sand art to help promote peace.Sculpture for supporting PETA.Outbreak of swine flu in India and Mr. Patnaik sculpted this showing a lady with a mask clearly written "swine flu alert" on it.Over two thousand people died because of swine flu in India. Sudarshan Patnaik's sand art showing to be beware of swine flu.A beautiful structure showing Eiffel tower, Big Ben and other places to urge people to be aware of HIV/AIDS on World Aids Day.A huge red ribbon on AIDS day.
A sand sculpture depicting the face of Lord Ganesha and urging people to save the planet by using environment friendly measures.
A sand sculpture depicting the face of Lord Ganesha and urging people to save the planet by using environment friendly measures.
Sand art of Lord Jagannath, Balabhadra, and Subhadra for reducing global warming.
Sand art of Lord Jagannath, Balabhadra, and Subhadra for reducing global warming.
Again a sculpture of Lord Ganesha urging people to reduce global warming.
Again a sculpture of Lord Ganesha urging people to reduce global warming.
Goddess Durga and at the top showing a burning earth. Advocating to use greener methods to fight global warming.
Goddess Durga and at the top showing a burning earth. Advocating to use greener methods to fight global warming.
Ganesha sand art to help promote peace.
Ganesha sand art to help promote peace.
Sculpture for supporting PETA.
Sculpture for supporting PETA.
Outbreak of swine flu in India and Mr. Patnaik sculpted this showing a lady with a mask clearly written "swine flu alert" on it.
Outbreak of swine flu in India and Mr. Patnaik sculpted this showing a lady with a mask clearly written "swine flu alert" on it.
Over two thousand people died because of swine flu in India. Sudarshan Patnaik's sand art showing to be beware of swine flu.
Over two thousand people died because of swine flu in India. Sudarshan Patnaik's sand art showing to be beware of swine flu.
A beautiful structure showing Eiffel tower, Big Ben and other places to urge people to be aware of HIV/AIDS on World Aids Day.
A beautiful structure showing Eiffel tower, Big Ben and other places to urge people to be aware of HIV/AIDS on World Aids Day.
A huge red ribbon on AIDS day.
A huge red ribbon on AIDS day.
On the occasion of US President Barack Obama receiving Nobel Peace prize in 2009.
On the occasion of US President Barack Obama receiving Nobel Peace prize in 2009.

Short Biograpphy

Sudarshan Patnaik comes from a very poor background and lived in a remote village near Puri in Orissa. His childhood days went in intense poverty with not even having money to get primary education. But he did went to the government school; after and before school he used to visit the beautiful golden sea beach near Jagannath temple and make sculptures. Slowly and steadily he started to build various shapes with sand and at a certain point (when he was 12) he started spending his entire day on the beach building different statues. Life for him was the beach and the sand.

He used to build small sculptures from sand and would go away and come after some hours to see how people are reacting to it. As more and more people started recognizing and appreciating his art he started to take this seriously. The domestic media highlighted his art locally and slowly the national media also highlighted some of those.

Puri being a pilgrimage center only helped his art survive. Scores of people from various places in India visit Jagannath temple and the beach being famous helped him tremendously. Tourist started appreciating the art which again gave him recognition and fame.

In 1991, he started India's first sand art institute in Puri where he taught children to learn this art form. Now he represents India in various international competitions and has had a chance to showcase his art in every part of the world.

The sand sculpture of Lord Buddha which won the best sand sculpture at the Berlin Sand Art competition.
The sand sculpture of Lord Buddha which won the best sand sculpture at the Berlin Sand Art competition.
Sudarshan Patnaik built 100 Santa Clause which is a first of its kind anywhere in the world.
Sudarshan Patnaik built 100 Santa Clause which is a first of its kind anywhere in the world.
He also holds a Guiness World Record for the tallest sand sculpture of Santa Clause (25-foot).
He also holds a Guinness World Record for the tallest sand sculpture of Santa Clause (25-foot).
John McCain and Barack Obama's sculpture showing a tough fight in US elections.
John McCain and Barack Obama's sculpture showing a tough fight in US elections.
Congratulating Barack Obama after winning the election.
Congratulating Barack Obama after winning the election.
A sand sculpture welcoming President Barack Obama to the white house showing "Change has happened".
A sand sculpture welcoming President Barack Obama to the white house showing "Change has happened".
Sudarshan Patnaik on the 350th anniversary of Taj Mahal built a black Taj Mahal near the banks of Yamuna to dedicate it to Shah Jahan and Mumtaz. After which he built 100 more such in different places of world including this one in New York.
Sudarshan Patnaik on the 350th anniversary of Taj Mahal built a black Taj Mahal near the banks of Yamuna to dedicate it to Shah Jahan and Mumtaz. After which he built 100 more such in different places of world including this one in New York.
Encouraging people to help Tsunami victims.
Encouraging people to help Tsunami victims.
Closing the chapter of Osama Bin Laden.
Closing the chapter of Osama Bin Laden.
In September 2008 at least three bombs were diffused at the children's park near India Gate amid a serial blast shook other parts of Delhi. This one showing a child severely injured to stop terrorism.
In September 2008 at least three bombs were diffused at the children's park near India Gate amid a serial blast shook other parts of Delhi. This one showing a child severely injured to stop terrorism.
On the Indian Independence day a sculpture showing Mahatma Gandhi and the Indian national flag at the Puri beach.
On the Indian Independence day a sculpture showing Mahatma Gandhi and the Indian national flag at the Puri beach.
Anna Hazare and in the backdrop Mahatma Gandhi.
Anna Hazare and in the backdrop Mahatma Gandhi.
In support of Anna Hazare urging people to support the anti-corruption bill.
In support of Anna Hazare urging people to support the anti-corruption bill.

Various historical scriptures show that Puri beach was once considered as one of the main places where sand art existed in ancient times. Mr. Patnaik is just taking the legacy forward. So much so that he is also credited as the pioneer of sand art in India. Many students are getting trained and work with him.

Despite of all this he didn't got much support from the state or the central government. He has often complaint publicly about this. Lately, the state government of Orissa awarded him the "Think Odisha Leadership Award", and NALCO a public sector company made him as the company's first brand ambassador.

His dream is to make this art form famous in India and bring India to the international stage when it comes to sand art. His attempt to make this art form popular is showing some results with one of student Manas Kumar Sahoo went on to become a semi-finalist in India's Got Talent. Many children in Orissa are also taking this art form seriously.

He is now an icon for many budding artist who love this art and want to make a career in this.

Other Great Sand Art By Sudarshan Patnaik

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A sand Sculpture in support of NDTV's campaign to save India's coast against pollution. Sachin Tendulkar dedicated his 42nd century to the conservation of Tigers. Mr. Patnaik's attempt to thank him. Sachin Tendulkar completed 20 years of international cricket and a sand sculpture in this respect.After Muammar Gaddafi's assassination. After the execution of Saddam Hussein. Dedicated to Sri Satya Sai Baba after his untimely demise. In remembrance of international pop sensation Micheal Jackson. Sudarshan Patnaik is a big fan of Micheal Jackson.A tribute to Dev Anand, the evergreen romantic actor who died in London. Dev Anand is often compared to Gregory Peck.After Benazir Bhutto's assassination. Lord Ganesha statue in the Japan Sand Art Festival.Message to fellow citizens to protect foreign citizens. Advocating the message of Athithi Devo Bhava.After the train blast in Mumbai, a sand sculpture showing a dismantled train in the Puri beach.Lord Hanuman's signature position in an exhibition in OrissaGoddess Durga and two elephants on the adjacent side.Mahatma Gandhi and his three monkeys, this has won the first prize in world championship held in Berlin in 2008.No War by Sudarshan PatnaikPreaching not to burn crackers in Diwali.In support of the uprising in Egypt.Another sculpture of Taj Mahal showing Shah Jahan and Mumtaz is in his heart."Sleeping Mona Lisa" won the People's Choice Award in the third Moscow Sand Sculpture championship.
A sand Sculpture in support of NDTV's campaign to save India's coast against pollution.
A sand Sculpture in support of NDTV's campaign to save India's coast against pollution. | Source
Sachin Tendulkar dedicated his 42nd century to the conservation of Tigers. Mr. Patnaik's attempt to thank him.
Sachin Tendulkar dedicated his 42nd century to the conservation of Tigers. Mr. Patnaik's attempt to thank him. | Source
Sachin Tendulkar completed 20 years of international cricket and a sand sculpture in this respect.
Sachin Tendulkar completed 20 years of international cricket and a sand sculpture in this respect. | Source
After Muammar Gaddafi's assassination.
After Muammar Gaddafi's assassination.
After the execution of Saddam Hussein.
After the execution of Saddam Hussein.
Dedicated to Sri Satya Sai Baba after his untimely demise.
Dedicated to Sri Satya Sai Baba after his untimely demise.
In remembrance of international pop sensation Micheal Jackson. Sudarshan Patnaik is a big fan of Micheal Jackson.
In remembrance of international pop sensation Micheal Jackson. Sudarshan Patnaik is a big fan of Micheal Jackson.
A tribute to Dev Anand, the evergreen romantic actor who died in London. Dev Anand is often compared to Gregory Peck.
A tribute to Dev Anand, the evergreen romantic actor who died in London. Dev Anand is often compared to Gregory Peck.
After Benazir Bhutto's assassination.
After Benazir Bhutto's assassination.
Lord Ganesha statue in the Japan Sand Art Festival.
Lord Ganesha statue in the Japan Sand Art Festival.
Message to fellow citizens to protect foreign citizens. Advocating the message of Athithi Devo Bhava.
Message to fellow citizens to protect foreign citizens. Advocating the message of Athithi Devo Bhava.
After the train blast in Mumbai, a sand sculpture showing a dismantled train in the Puri beach.
After the train blast in Mumbai, a sand sculpture showing a dismantled train in the Puri beach.
Lord Hanuman's signature position in an exhibition in Orissa
Lord Hanuman's signature position in an exhibition in Orissa
Goddess Durga and two elephants on the adjacent side.
Goddess Durga and two elephants on the adjacent side.
Mahatma Gandhi and his three monkeys, this has won the first prize in world championship held in Berlin in 2008.
Mahatma Gandhi and his three monkeys, this has won the first prize in world championship held in Berlin in 2008.
No War by Sudarshan Patnaik
No War by Sudarshan Patnaik
Preaching not to burn crackers in Diwali.
Preaching not to burn crackers in Diwali.
In support of the uprising in Egypt.
In support of the uprising in Egypt.
Another sculpture of Taj Mahal showing Shah Jahan and Mumtaz is in his heart.
Another sculpture of Taj Mahal showing Shah Jahan and Mumtaz is in his heart.
"Sleeping Mona Lisa" won the People's Choice Award in the third Moscow Sand Sculpture championship.
"Sleeping Mona Lisa" won the People's Choice Award in the third Moscow Sand Sculpture championship.

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missirupp 22 months ago

These are wonderful sculptures. I am so happy to read this hub. It gives me faith in humanity again.


Angel 2 years ago

Excellent job. can give Award for the job .Excellent excellent excellent job.


TheTopTenz 4 years ago

Very beautiful work. www.thetoptenz.net


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Sneha Sunny 4 years ago from India

wow...!! these are awesome! India is full of creative people!! :)


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unknown spy 4 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

Wow! very impressive!


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Peggy W 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

I truly enjoyed looking at these fantastic sand sculptures carved by Sudarshan Patnaik. He is a wonderful artist and must be a great teacher for this type of art. It is nice to see how he is trying to use his art to spread a message of peace and to end terrorism, among other things. Thanks for assembling this hub. Up votes and definitely sharing!


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Happyboomernurse 4 years ago from South Carolina

Thanks for sharing so many photos of the amazing sculptures that Sudarsan Pattnaik has created.

His work is stunning and it's wonderful that it often contains positive messages or depicts world events.

Voted up, awesome, beautiful and interesting.

Also shared.


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Lovelovemeloveme 4 years ago from Cindee's Land

OMG! these are fantastic. Just beautiful! I wish i can watch the artist in action. How do people come up with such crazy creative ideas. It's just amazing! thanks for sharing.


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kannanwrites 4 years ago from Mumbai Author

@CZCZCZ @lifelovemystery Thanks for stopping by to appreciate this form of art.


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lifelovemystery 4 years ago from Houston, TX

I am amazed at how talented this artist is, and the photographs really tell a story. Knowing that this art is short-lived, I am glad that it carries on in the digital world.


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CZCZCZ 4 years ago from Oregon

What a great collection of large sandcastle pictures. I have been to a couple of sand castle competitions on the West Coast of the US and the art that can be created with Sand and water is amazing, thanks for sharing.


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kannanwrites 4 years ago from Mumbai Author

@ablissfulskin @Cara.R @ComfortB Thanks for the encouraging word. These structures are truly wonderful.


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ComfortB 4 years ago from Bonaire, GA, USA

This is beautiful! Never seen anything like it before. It takes one with God's given talent, and great patience to execute such grand art.

Thanks for sharing.


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Cara.R 4 years ago from New York

What a great hub. I love all forms of art work and sand sculpting is one of them. It is truly amazing what he creates.


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ablissfulskin 4 years ago from West Coast

What an awesome hub!!!! Thanks for sharing!!!! =)


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kannanwrites 4 years ago from Mumbai Author

@Tom_Radford Thanks buddy for your appreciation in the art. Yes, he creates some of the most wonderful structures on the beaches of Puri.

Great to know that you liked it.


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Tom_Radford 4 years ago from London

Truly Staggering work ... absolutely wonderful. The attention to detail, the ideas, the colours and the sheer audacity of some of these sculptures are simply incredible. I am, as always, in complete awe of people who can produce this kind of work.

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