Amid the ongoing BRICS Summit in Goa, sand artist Sudarsan Pattnaik has created the sand sculptures of monuments of all the five member countries in the lobby of a five-star resort.
Heads of the states of all five participating nations (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) visited the sculptures yesterday.
Pattnaik, who has traveled the globe creating his sand sculptures, said he was invited to create “something special” for the BRICS leaders. It took him and his team three days to create the installations.
“It was a great honour when Prime Minister Narendra Modi explained the importance of all the monuments to the heads of the states. The leaders spent around ten minutes looking at the monuments and also clicked a group photograph,” Sudarsan Pattnaik said.
While Taj Mahal represents India in the monuments, the sculptures also include Great Wall of China (China), Saint Basil Cathedral (Russia), Christ the Redeemer (Brazil) and Statue of Nelson Mandela (South Africa).
“Sand from all the five different nations has been used in the sculptures. All the respective governments had volunteered to send the sand. Total 45-50 tonnes of sand was used in it,” he said.
“It is a great honour that I was given an opportunity to show the creativity during an event of such a massive scale. The message through the sculpture is unity of all the nations,” the artist said.