When it comes to sand art, the first name that pops up on our mind is Sudarsan Pattnaik.
The renowned sculptor from Odisha is currently weaving magic at the International Sand Art Exhibition in Japan, where he showcased his talent by sculpting a replica of his hometown's UNESCO World Heritage Site - the magnificent Konark Sun Temple.
The Padma Shri awardee used his prowess to replicate the iconic temple's Konark Chakra at the on-going exhibition.
Pattnaik displayed his stunning work of art through his social media account and wrote:
"My sand sculpture of #Konark wheel at International #SandArt Exhibition in a sand museum in Japan. 21 artists from around the world are participating in this exhibition."
— Sudarsan Pattnaik (@sudarsansand) March 28, 2019
A sight to behold, netizens were astonished by the level of intricacy put in by Pattnaik.
Outstanding Sudarsan ji... Godspeed! — Pragyan Prayas Ojha (@pragyanojha) March 28, 2019
Mindblowing! Good luck Sudarsan ji 🙏
— Aanchal 🇮🇳 (@followaanchal) March 28, 2019
This truly is a majestic sand sculpture of #Konark. In first sight, I thought it to be the original piece from #Odisha’s only @UNESCO monument. Marvellous! 👏👏 https://t.co/8WCxjgWyYM — Arabinda K Padhee (@arvindpadhee) March 27, 2019
Extremely awesome. Upholding our arvhitecture is an awesome concept. Kudos Sudarshan ji. Jai Hind — Chowkidar Vighneshwar Hegde (@VighneshwarHeg4) March 28, 2019
Odisha Tourism praised the sand artist for his efforts.
Renowned sand artist @sudarsand showcases Odisha's only UNESCO World Heritage Site - the magnificent Konark Sun Temple at the #SandArtExhibition, Japan & we can't help but admire the intricate detailing. #OdishaTourism https://t.co/vQqEQ06lDk
— Odisha Tourism (@odisha_tourism) March 28, 2019
The breathtaking Konark sculpture measures 20 feet long and 6 feet in height as mentioned by the artist in a video posted on Twitter.
Listen to sand maestro @sudarsansand who has sculpted this breathtaking & amazing Konark wheel at the International sand art exhibition in Japan. 21 sand artists around the world have participated in this exhibition pic.twitter.com/MtMx8YNeXD — Soumyajit Pattnaik (@soumyajitt) March 28, 2019
Pattnaik also shared a video of him giving the finishing touches to his art.
— Sudarsan Pattnaik (@sudarsansand) March 27, 2019
The Konark Wheel sculpted by him also earned him applause from the Reddit community.