On Earth Day, Odisha’s Puri Beach Sees A Crocodile With A Plastic Bottle In Its Mouth. Courtesy Sudarsan Pattnaik

On Earth Day, Odisha’s Puri Beach Sees A Crocodile With A Plastic Bottle In Its Mouth. Courtesy Sudarsan Pattnaik

Internationally acclaimed sand artist Sudarsan Pattnaik created a 3D sand sculpture on earth day to draw the world’s attention on the mounting plastic crisis and the urgent need to end plastic consumption
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Mumbai: Depicting the grim reality of world’s plastic crisis, sand artist and Padma Awardee, Sudarsan Pattnaik created one-of-its-kind 3D sand art on Earth Day. Keeping in mind this year’s Earth Day theme OF ‘End Plastic Pollution’, the internationally acclaimed artist’s art work showed a crocodile with a plastic bottle in its mouth. The sculpture highlighted the alarming reality facing us today, it had the message – Stop Pollution, Save Earth. Marking the occasion, Mr Pattnaik shared the images on a social networking site.

Urging everyone to stop using plastics and polythene to save the environment and the marine life, Mr Pattnaik tweeted,

“On #EarthDay with focus on #EndPlasticPollution, appeal all to curb use of plastics & polythene in daily life for well-being of Mother Earth. My #3DSandArt at Puri beach with message “Stop pollution Save earth.”

Highlighting the message of his striking sand art he said, “My 3D sand art shows a crocodile with a plastic bottle in its mouth and has the message “Stop pollution, Save earth”. #EndPlasticPollution

Earth Day’s message this year is to draw the world’s attention towards plastic pollution and the urgent need to eradicate the toxic material. Earth Day is observed in 192 countries to emphasise on the need to protect the planet and preserve its environment.

The Earth Day Network (EDN), that leads Earth Day worldwide listed the number of problems caused by the plastic items that we overuse in our daily live without giving much thought to its aftermath.

From poisoning and injuring marine life to the ubiquitous presence of plastics in our food to disrupting human hormones and causing major life-threatening diseases and early puberty, the exponential growth of plastics is threatening our planet’s survival, noted the EDN.

Situated on the shore of Bay of Bengal, Odisha’s Puri beach has witnessed innumerable creative sand arts revolving around the theme of cleanliness, sanitation and garbage crisis from Mr Pattnaik.

A few days ago, the sand artist made his debut in 3D sand art showcasing the message of Swachh Bharat Abhiyan. When asked why his first ever multi-dimensional art was centered around cleanliness and sanitation he said,

Every art demands uniqueness and that’s when I decided to do a sand art with a touch of exclusivity. And what’s better than doing it for a topic that’s very much relevant for the country. Through my 3D sand art, I hope to reach more and more people and urge them to keep their surroundings clean and swachh as much as possible.

With messages like Chalo Champaran, Satyagraha Se Swachhagraha, Clean India and Use Toilet, Sudarsan Pattnaik has in the past lent his support to India’s biggest cleanup initiative that aims to make the country open defecation free by October 2019.

Also Read: Celebrate Earth Day With A Pledge To Beat Pollution By Ditching Plastic: Dia Mirza

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