Indian sand artist Sudarsan Pattnaik has won gold medal on Friday in people’s choice prize at world championship festival of sand sculpting Russe, 2016 in Bulgaria for his sand sculpture “Drugs kill Sports”. The Championship had started on May 26 and continued till June 3.
Sudarsan Pattnaik said in statement, “I am very happy that my sand art got the gold medal. I have created the two faces — one is of Lance Armstrong and another is Maria Sharapova, the two iconic players who were mired in the drug controversy, thus bringing bad name for themselves and the entire sports world.”
“Modern day sports supplemented by advanced technologies have reached a new level of competition, throwing new challenges to all stakeholders such as sports personnel, organizers and regulators. One such unsolicited issue is usage of performance enhancing drugs by sports personnel. My sand art “Drugs Kill Sports”, is an awareness creating sculpture.”
— Sudarsan Pattnaik (@sudarsansand) June 4, 2016
With a total 10 artists from around the world participated in the championship which commenced on May 26 last and concluded yesterday. The topic of the competition was “Sport World and Olympic Symbols” and the height of the sculpture was 2 meter. Out of the ten sculpture participated in this championship, Sudarshan’s sculpture got highest vote from visitors.
Sudarsan Pattnaik has represented India in 50 international Sand Sculpture championship and festivals all around the world and has recorded his name in the World records. He was Awarded Padma Shri in 2014. His sand sculptures are based on social issues and current topics. Recently he has won gold medal in Moscow for creating sand sculpture on peace & nonviolence.