A giant 27-metre sand and tomato Santa Claus installation by renowned sculptor Sudarsan Pattnai rang into the Christmas cheer in Odisha on Sunday, with crowds flocking to Gopalpur beach to see the artwork.
Mr. Pattnaik said his creation is the world’s largest Santa Claus tomato and sand installation, weighing 1.5 tons and measuring 60 feet across.
The Padma Shri awardee said he completed the sculpture at Gopalpur beach in Ganjam district with the help of 15 of his students.
#TomatoSanta The biggest tomato in the world with leftovers #SantaClause Installation of 1.5 tons of Tomatoes at Gopalpur Beach in Odisha, India. This sculpture is 27 meters high, 60 meters wide. My students joined me to complete the sculpture. #MerryChristmas2022pic.twitter.com/s1cOeYQzEC
– Sudarsan Pattnaik (@sudarsansand) December 25, 2022
“#TomatoSanta world’s largest tomato with sand #SantaClause installation,” he tweeted.
“Earlier we have set records for creating the biggest Santa Clauses at Christmas using different mediums. This time, we used sand and tomatoes,” Mr. Pattnaik, 45, told reporters.
The internationally renowned artist has been making sand sculptures based on various themes over the years.
Earlier this month, Mr Pattnaik created India’s G20 chairmanship logo in the sand after India officially took over as head of the group in November.
He was honored with the Padma Shri in 2014 for his immense contribution to art.
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