#BeatPlasticPollution: Sand artist’s Olive Ridley turtle sculpture wakes you up

New Delhi: On World Environment Day, sand artist Sudarsan Pattnaik spread a message to curb plastic pollution in his own unique way.

On Tuesday, he created a 55ft-long and 30ft-wide sand turtle at Puri beach with a message to curb plastic pollution. He created the sculpture by using about 30 tonne of sand with some colour sand.

Explaining his inspiration, he said Odisha is famous for Olive ridley turtles as the creatures visit the state every year for mass nesting.

“The theme for 2018, ‘Beat Plastic Pollution’, is a call to action for all of us to come together to combat one of the great environmental challenges of our time,” he said.

The art showcased the unfortunate plight of the turtles that die each year from ocean pollution as they mistake plastics and other garbage as food.

“This mistake causes blockages within their digestive system and eventually takes their life, so we spread this awareness through my sand sculpture,” he said.

Pattnaik said he always tries to spread awareness through his unique art form.

Take a look at some of his other works here: