Bhubaneswar: Odisha sand artist Sudarsan Pattnaik has won a prize at the sand sculpting World Cup in the US, the artist said Saturday. Pattnaik said he won the People's Choice prize in the solo category for his sand sculpture 'Save Tree, Save the Future'.
The 37-year-old artist was the lone participant from India at the June 15-29 competition in Atlantic City which was attended by artists from several other countries.
Pattnaik, a native of Odisha's beach town of Puri, about 56 kms from state capital Bhubaneswar, told IANS he was thankful to the people who liked his sculpture and voted for him.
Pattnaik is a recipient of the Padma Shri award and has participated in over 50 international sand sculpture championships and festivals.
The medal was presented by the Mayor of Atlantic City as thousands of people voted it for best sculpture. Twenty internationally renowned sand artists around the world participated in this World cup.
Pattnaik said, "I am very happy to win this prize for our country in first sand art world cup at USA 2014 and thankful to all the people who liked my sculpture and voted for me." Every sculptor got 30 hours to create their sculpture using 10 tons of sand.
Sudarsan also participated in doubles category with an USA sculptor Mathew Roy Diebert. Both created sand sculpture of Tajmahal. They got 5th place award in doubles category.