Boston: Renowned Indian sand artist and Padma Awardee Sudarsan Pattnaik has won the People’s Choice Award at a prestigious sand sculpting festival in the US, wowing the American public with his sculpture that highlighted the message of combating plastic pollution in oceans.
‘Those who have voted for my sculpture have voted for action on plastic pollution’: Describing the award as very special, Pattnaik said, “this award is not only for me but for the people. This is a public awareness sculpture. Those who have voted for my sculpture have voted for action on plastic pollution.”
The Odisha-native said that through his sculpture he wants to highlight that human activity is destroying the oceans and humans are also getting impacted by polluted waterways as they consume food from the sea and rivers.
The award-winning sculpture showed a turtle caught in a plastic bag and a fish with plastic trash such as slippers, bottles and glass inside its body. The tail of the fish is in the mouth of a human, signifying how plastic pollution in the oceans is adversely impacting human beings also when they consume seafood.
Pattnaik was among the 15 top sand artists selected from across the world to participate in the 2019 Revere Beach International Sand Sculpting Festival in Boston, Massachusetts. He won the People’s Choice Award for his sand sculpture ‘Stop Plastic Pollution, Save Our Ocean’.
Amid loud cheers and applause, Pattnaik received the People’s Choice medal from Revere Beach Partnership Board Member Adrienne Sacco-Maguire during an award ceremony.
Congratulating Pattnaik on the win, India’s Consul General in New York Sandeep Chakravorty said, “we are delighted that our very own Sudarsan has won the People’s Choice Award at this prestigious world event.”
Chakravorty said the theme of Pattnaik’s sculpture ‘Stop Plastic Pollution, Save Our Ocean’ is very topical and relevant and has resonated with the public. Yet another feather in the cap of our genius from the holy City of Jagannath Puri.”