Indian artist’s sand Taj draws crowds in Belgium

February 24th, 2008 - 4:56 pm ICT by admin  

Bhubaneswar, Feb 24 (IANS) A sand replica of the Taj Mahal created by Indian sand sculptor Sudarsan Patnaik at a fair in Belgium is drawing huge crowds. Patnaik created the Taj replica at the ongoing 16th edition of the annual Asia Fair that began Saturday in De Zandloper in Wemmel.

Patnaik, with the help of his student Manas Kumar Sahoo, created the 10-feet-high, 15-feet-wide sculpture in 48 hours.

In an email from Wemmel, Patnaik told IANS that he had used 40 tonnes of sand, which the organisers brought from the Netherlands.

“Hundreds of people visited the site and were impressed by the image. It is drawing huge crowds,” the Orissa-based artist said.

With the sculpture attracting large number of visitors, the organisers have decided to keep it on display for 10 more days after the event is over, he said.

Patnaik, a resident of Orissa’s temple city of Puri, has created over 37 sand sculptures of the Taj at different places in India and abroad, including the US, UAE and Germany.

The artist, who runs an open-air sand art school on the Puri beach, has participated in over 30 international sand sculpture championships and won many awards.

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