Imagine India’s Taj Mahal and the Great Wall of China sitting alongside Rio’s iconic statue of Christ the Redeemer. India’s renowned sand sculptor Sudarshan Pattnaik has created just that in the lobby of a five-star hotel in Goa, the venue for the annual BRICS summit of leaders from Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa.
Pattnaik said on Saturday that Russia is represented by the onion-domed St. Basil’s Cathedral and South Africa by a sculpture of Nelson Mandela.
Pattnaik, who has traveled the globe creating his sand sculptures, said he was invited to create “something special” for the BRICS leaders. It took him and his team three days to create the installations.
The sand sculptures were to be inaugurated later Saturday, and will become accessible to the public after the summit ends on Sunday.