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Artist of the moment…..Sand Artist Sudarshan Pattnaik…

Sudarshan Pattnaik  comes from India and was born in Puri in the year 1977. His medium is something you can find anywhere in his native country, SAND! He is known the world over for his wonderful three dimensional works of art out of sand. For those of you who have never watched live sand sculpture events its quite a team process. You have only a certain amount of time to finish, and in television events they usually blow up a few works for added excitement and the artists just have to start over and rebuild. Its very funny to watch the team competition.

Pattnaik is self taught and learned his craft from trial and error. Pattnaik made his first sand sculpture at the age of seven.

He has also won several international sand sculpting events such as the first Moscow International Sand Sculpture competition.

Included in the Guiness book of world records for the biggest sand sculpture of Santa  Claus ever made.

He is a great teacher and enjoys having people pick up this new and exciting form of sculpture. Pattnaik will incorporate various Hindu gods into his work to make people more aware of their surroundings. For illustrating his point on global warming he made a sculpture with Ganesh, the Hindu god of     , sitting atop melting glaciers.

A link to the artist’s own website:

The website above is great and very informative. Pattnaik has been running his own academy for sand artists for a decade now! Awesome!

In this clip watch an international sand sculpture competition that was held in Denmark in 2012. Pattnaik won first prize for his sculpture.

Pattnaik is great at using his art to show his feelings of certain events. This time he honors some fallen policemen that got killed during an uprising. Pattnaik wanted to make the world aware of what happened and he accomplished this goal.

Live art in all forms is great. Acting and singing are awesome, but I love to see art being made. Speed painters that could make good likenesses always capture my attention. Pattnaik was to design a live sand animation for the country of India to view as the new year came in 2010. The piece made reference to the unity of the people of India. He also pays his respects to Gandhi. Very interesting to see the sand animation take place in such a short period of time.

No price range or anything of that sort available about the artist. I should think he would take pictures of his work, sign them, and sell them but no such luck! Maybe in the future!