These photos show just how colossal the world's tallest sandcastle is The world's tallest sandcastle stands at 48.8 feet. (Guinness World Records)
These photos show just how colossal the world's tallest sandcastle is
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Legendary sand artist Sudarsan Pattnaik made history Feb. 10. He and a team of 45 students built the world's largest sandcastle. They built it on Puri Beach. That is in India's eastern state of Odisha.
 
According to Debabrata Mohapatra at The Times of India, Pattnaik's 48.8-foot sandy mega-structure was tall enough to officially earn the Guinness Book of World Records title for the world's tallest sandcastle.
 
It took Pattnaik and his crew nine days to complete their sculpture. It is a sprawling castle. The words "World Peace" are written in front. It includes a peace dove as well as medallions showing the faces of Mahatma Gandhi and Nelson Mandela.
 
The previous Guinness world-record was a 45.83-foot castle. It was constructed on Florida's Virginia Key Beach by professional sand sculptor Ted Siebert and 19 helpers. They built it in October 2015. They worked over the course of two weeks.
 
"Sudarsan broke the previous record by building a 14.84-meter-high castle in the backdrop of the Bay of Bengal in Puri," state tourism director Nitin Bhanudas Jawale told Mohapatra. "We will exhibit the art on the beach for two more days to attract tourists."
 
The 39-year-old Pattnaik is a professional sand sculptor. In 1994, he founded the Sudarsan Sand Art Institute in Puri. He teaches others the craft he has practiced since he was a child. According to his website, he more or less grew up on the beach and taught himself how to sculpt in sand. He says it was an ability gifted from God.
 
Over the years, he's competed in many international sand sculpting competitions and has created sculptures to raise cancer awareness, AIDS awareness, celebrate world peace. He even created a replica of the Taj Mahal out of black sand to celebrate the building's 350th anniversary.
 
Pattnaik isn't a stranger to setting records. He told Mohaptra that he has set 23 sand sculpting records in the Limca Book of Records. It is an India-only version of Guinness. But setting a world record is special.
 
"This achievement will encourage me to touch new milestones," he told Press Trust India.
 
Mohaptra reports that Pattnaik and his crew worked 12 hours a day the last four days to complete the sculpture. They were supervised the entire time by a crew of officials from Guinness.
 
"They took nearly one hour to verify my art and measure the height before making the official announcement," Pattnaik said.
 
While Pattnaik's structure is the world's tallest sandcastle, it is nowhere close to the world's tallest sand sculpture. That is an epic 73-foot, 7-inch tall creation. It has been certified by Guinness. It's called, "Why Is the Hummingbird King of All Animals."  The sandcastle was built during the Zhoushan International Sand Sculpture Festival in China. That was in 2010.

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  • joeg-goa
    2/22/2017 - 09:45 a.m.

    It took one hour to measure the height because it was very high.It reached up to 73-foot and 7-in. tall.According to the article `These photos show just how colossal the world's largest sandcastle is' it said,`That is an epic 73-foot,7-in. creation.The sandcastle is also called `Why is the Hummingbird king of all Animals.

  • angeloj-goa
    2/22/2017 - 10:02 a.m.

    It take one hour to measure the height.Because it's the world's tallest sandcastle.According to article"photos show how tall sandcastle"it says"pattnaik's 48.8-foot sandy mega-structure was tall enough to officially earn the Guinness Book of World Records title for the world's tallest sandcastle.

  • lizethb-goa
    2/22/2017 - 10:04 a.m.

    It took one hour to measure the height because it was very tall. According to the text"These photos show just how colossal the world's tallest sandcastle is" it said that Mohaptra reports that Pattnaik and his crew worked 12 hours a day the last four days to complete the sculpture. wow! it is so big i wish i can build one.

  • alexish-goa
    2/22/2017 - 10:16 a.m.

    it took one hour to height it because they had to be careful to not break it.According to the article" Pattnaik's 48.8-foot sandy mega structure was tall enough to officially earn the Guinness World Records titles for the worlds tallest sandcastle.in his team of 45 students built the worlds largest sandcastle and built it on Puri Beach that is in India Eastern state of of Odisha".

  • willfreds-goa
    2/22/2017 - 10:31 a.m.

    It took one hour to measure the height because since it's the worlds tallest sand castle it would take maybe more than one hour,but because they're were 45 students and 1 professional sand castle artist people working on it would take one hour.According to the article "These photos are just how colossal the world's tallest sand castle is" it says that "They took nearly one hour to verity and measure the height before making the official announcement,"Pattnaik said."This is an epic 73 foot,7-inch creation.

  • leslieb-goa
    2/22/2017 - 10:35 a.m.

    It the people one hour to measure the height because?It took them one hour to measure it because it is so tall they also worked over course of two weeks.That is an epic 73 foot,7 inches tall creation.They worked 12 hours a day to complete the worlds tallest sandcastle every day!According to the text i found my answer on the paragraphs 10-12 it said that how tall it is and what are the inches.The 10 paragraph told me how long they worked and how many hours they are working on the sandcastle.

  • allanm-goa
    2/22/2017 - 10:38 a.m.

    It takes one hour to measure the height of the sand castle because they had to verify Pattnaik art and make announcement. The article states that"It took nearly one hour yo verify his art and measure the height before making the official announcement." pattnaik was the first person to build the biggest sand castle in the world.

  • ahmadh2-dav
    2/22/2017 - 10:39 a.m.

    It took one hour to measure the height of the sandcastle because it was a 73-foot and 7-inch sandcastle. According to the article `These photos show just how colossal the world's tallest sandcastle is' it said,`That is an epic 73-foot,7-in. creation.' It has been certified by geniuses and it is called `Why Is the Hummingbird King of All Animals.

  • elenaa-goa
    2/22/2017 - 10:57 a.m.

    it took one hour to measure the height because "Mohaptra reports that Pattnaik and his crew worked 12 hours a day the last four days to complete the sculpture."according to the artical "These photos show just how colossal the world's tallest sandcastle is"it said Mohaptra reports that Pattnaik and his crew worked 12 hours a day the last four days to complete the sculpture."

  • kylel-buh
    2/22/2017 - 11:13 a.m.

    the world's biggest sand castle standing at 73.7. it took 1 hour to measure how big this is.built in India, pattnaik.

    MY OPINION:my opinion is that this thing is HUGE big enough to live in!!! I think it is so cool what people can do with sand!!!

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