Internationally acclaimed sand sculptor Sudarsan Pattnaik from Orissa will represent India at the annual Berlin International Sand Sculpture Competition, scheduled to be held from June 8 to June 17 next.
The sand artist, who last year bagged the first prize at Berlin event for his sculpture on Mahatma Gandhi with three monkeys, aims this time at focusing on world peace and health awareness keeping in view the forthcoming FIFA World cup, being held in Germany
Sudarshan said his sculptures in the event, in which renowned sand sculptures of ten countries would participate will be on world peace, friendship, and the dangers of drug addiction.
He said the FIFA World Cup would provide him an ideal opportunity to spread health awareness and of the dangers of drug addiction besides the positive aspects of world peace and friendship, through his sculptures.
Sudarshan is planning to create a 20 feet high sand sculpture on his theme. The competition would be held at Zitty Park near the Parliament in Berlin and sand sculptures from the US, UK, Germany, Morocco, Netherlands, Russia, Ukraine, Denmark and Ireland would be displayed.
The famed Indian sand artist has so far participated in more than 28 international sand sculpture championships across the world and won many awards for the country.
His sand sculpture on Black Taj Mahal has earned him accolades all over the world. Through his art he had helped the tsunami victims in India, save the endangered Olive Ridley Turtles and spread awareness of the dangers of HIV-AIDS and polio.