Sand art fest concludes

The third edition of the International Sand Art Festival saw some beautiful creations on different themes.

Published: 07th December 2013 09:22 AM  |   Last Updated: 07th December 2013 09:22 AM   |  A+A-

Sand art

The third edition of the International Sand Art Festival saw some beautiful creations on different themes. Organised by the State Tourism Department along with the Konark Festival at Chandrabhaga beach in Konark, the competition was different this year.

Besides 25 artists from the State and outside, the festival showcased works of five international sand sculptors who exhibited a new work every day on themes of environment, tourism, culture and heritage and women rights.

Francesca Cosmi from Italy, Lisa Donze from the US, Srimal Chandrasena from Sri Lanka, Craig Mutch from Canada and Johaness Gabriel Weckl from Australia took part in the event. Though not an easy medium, the artists created magic effortlessly.

“This is a delicate art form and the treatment and process are quite different to wood or stone. One absent-minded move can reduce a day’s hard work to a heap of sand,” said Craig.

A national-level competition was also held which saw women artists from the State participating for the first time. The national-level competition was won by Bhubaneswar’s Subala Maharana (first position), Puri’s Jitendra Kishore Jagdev (second) and Puri’s Badal Tarai (third).

Brand ambassador for the festival was Sudarshan Patnaik. The five-day fest had begun on December 1.


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