Internationally acclaimed sand artist Sudarshan Pattnaik has created a sand sculpture of Lord Ganesha with 1000 plastic bottles around it at Puri Beach. The plastic bottles have been used to give a message against single-use plastic to save the environment.
The artist have created the sand sculpture of Lord Ganesha on the occasion of Ganesha Chaturthi and carries the message ‘Say no to single-use plastic’ and ‘Save our Environment’ composed on it.
Pattnaik said that he decided the theme after being inspired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s campaign to ban single-use plastic.
PM Modi gave a clarion against single-use plastic in his Mann Ki Baat radio broadcast and his address to the nation on the Independence Day. Modi campaigned against the single-use plastic from October 2, on the occasion of Gandhi Jayanti.
Pattnaik said that his creation is aimed at making people aware of the ill effects of plastic on the environment adding that plastic, if not recycles takes up to a thousand years to decompose creating health hazards.
He also stated that on the occasion of Ganesh Chaturthi he wants to appeal to the people not to use single-plastic to save the environment. He said that the 10-ft high sand sculpture of Lord Ganesha was created by using 5 tonne of sand while about 1000 plastic bottles were installed around it.
Most of his sand creations are based on important social issues aimed at creating awareness in the society.