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Title: International Sand Art Contest in Marbella
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The International Sand Art Competition, this year with the theme of ‘Secrets of the Sea’ lasts seven days and features 10 artists including ...

The International Sand Art Competition, this year with the theme of ‘Secrets of the Sea’ lasts seven days and features 10 artists including award-winning Indian. Pattnaik is fresh from winning first prize at the Copenhagen Sand Sculpture Contest in May, with a 2.5 metre high mermaid, with which the he intended to highlight climate change and ‘the threat to our seas’. “This will be my second appearance in Spain. When I participated here six years ago I won second prize,” he said, referring to the competition in Valladolid in 2003. “There are so many species living in the oceans of which people know very little. I will create a sculpture to raise for awareness,” said the 35-year-old, who started working with sand at the age of seven. His many previous sculptures include aids awareness pieces, of Michael Jackson, and a sculpture of 105 Santa Clauses and Christmas trees on the beach in his hometown of Puri – in which he used a thousand tons of sand.

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