Sand sculptor Sudarshan Patnaik has attracted a large number of art lovers and tourists by carving out a 15-foot Taj Mahal at the Sand Sculpture Festival in Berlin.
"It took me 56 hours to carve out the replica of the Taj in seven days," Patnaik told PTI from Berlin.
Overwhelmed by the huge crowd flocking to see the sculpture of the magnificent monument, the artist exuded confidence that the Taj will enter the list of new seven wonders of the world launched by Swiss billionaire Bernard Weber.
"A lot of Taj lovers in Europe who have seen this Taj Mahal, will certainly support the inclusion of the 17th century monument in the new seven wonders list," the artist from Orissa said.
The festival, which began on June 14, closed on Thursday. But the Taj's replica will remain on display till the June 29, he said.
"Paradise" was the theme of this year's festival. Patnaik carved out the faces of Mughal emperor Shah Jahan and Mumtaj on the replica of the Monument of Love.
At least 15 artists from 10 countries took part in the festival, which will also award the best sculptor.
Patnaik's work on world peace showing Mahatma Gandhi with his three monkeys was adjudged the best sculpture in championship in 2005.