Bhubaneswar: The sand art of Lord Ganesh by Odisha based sand artist Sudarsan Pattnaik claimed two gold medals at Solo International Sand Art Contest in Marbella, Spain.
Pattnaik's 3.5-metre sand sculpture bearing message, "Save The Sea Life", won in 'People's Choice' and 'Best Positive' sculpture categories. "The theme of the competition was 'Secrets of the Sea,' the sand artist, who belongs to beach town of Puri, about 55 km from here, told.
Pattnaik used about 1,000 tonnes of sand to build the sculpture. He was the only sand artist from India to participate in the contest held July 9-17. Other participants included artists from Spain, Italy, Ireland, Germany, Ukraine, Russia, Poland and Holland.
Pattnaik has participated in more than 50 international sand art competitions across the globe and won many accolades.