Orissa's Sudarsan Patnaik has created a 15 feet high image of Buddha in sand as his entry in an international sand sculpture championship in Berlin, the artist said on Friday.
The artist who belongs to Orissa's Puri city, some 56 km from here created the image of the sitting Buddha for the 2nd United Sand Festival (USF) World Solo Sand Sculpture Championship 2009 held June 4-11 in the German capital.
"At least 12 artists from 12 different countries participated in this competition and I am hopeful this year too I will win the prize" Patnaik, who is the only artist from India in the event, told IANS from Berlin.
Patnaik last year won the world championship held in the same city for his sculpture on global warming. He was the first Indian to win that championship.
"The image that I created this time is drawing maximum crowds and I am hopeful of winning the top prize," Patnaik, who has participated in more than 39 international sand sculpture festivals and competitions and won several prizes, said.