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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COMMENTS (61)
  • AudreyH3101
    2/22/2017 - 11:24 a.m.

    The reason it takes one hour to measure the height of Sudarsan Pattnaik's sand sculpture is because of how astounding the sculptures' height is. According to paragraph two, the author states that the sand sculpture was forty eight feet tall, which is taller than the average house! Also, if you look at the picture at the very top, you can see how large the sculpture is to a man, the dove even appears to bigger than him! Sudarsan Pattnaik's skills at sand sculpting is WAY better than mine!

  • AdelynS
    2/22/2017 - 11:29 a.m.

    I can't believe it took an hour to measure the sandcastle's height. I can understand that it would take an hour considering it was 48.8-feet tall. In the article it says that there was only a handful of people. So I can only imagine how hard it was to try and measure the sandcastle.
    If I had built that sandcastle I would have been very proud of myself, but the best sandcastles I ever make are lumps of mud and sand with shells and rocks impaling them.

  • nickh2-nes
    2/23/2017 - 10:48 a.m.

    Because it was so tall

    • logann1-pet
      2/27/2017 - 10:35 a.m.

      Yo, it didn't take one hour just because it was so dang tall, it took one hour because of all the detail and how tall it was. If they wanted too, they could have just walked right onto the enormous Sand Castle and measured it that way. If they did that it would have ruined the whole entire castle.

  • chadm-orv
    2/23/2017 - 11:22 a.m.

    I think it took a hour because it was so high and made out of sand so they probably wanted to take their time and not accidentally ruin it or leave out a foot or two.

  • ansleyt-smi
    2/24/2017 - 09:16 a.m.

    You have to be very careful so you dont mess it up.

  • nathanm14-ste
    2/24/2017 - 01:33 p.m.

    It's amazing that the time is taken to construct this thing, it must have taken forever, and the amount of detail is awesome. I want to live in it.

    • logann1-pet
      2/27/2017 - 10:29 a.m.

      I totally agree with you Nathan. That Sand Castle has so much time and dedication put into it. It is the most detailed Sand Castle I have ever seen in my life. If I could, I think I would want to build Sand Castles like that for a living. I would also die to live in that thing.

    • logann1-pet
      2/27/2017 - 10:31 a.m.

      It took one hour to measure the height because of how tall and detailed it was. It was tall enough that they had to probably use special equipment to measure. If they wanted too, they could just walk on the Sand Castle and measure it, but that would ruin all of the detail and hard work they out into it.

  • josepho-bru
    2/27/2017 - 09:55 a.m.

    According to the article"Photo's show how tall the worlds tallest sandcastle is," there are many reasons why it might have taken one hour to measure the height of the sandcastle. The first reason is that it simply so tall. Another reason is that they would've had to wait for a cherry-picker to arive so they could see how tall it is. Finally,I know why it would've taken an hour to measure the height of the worlds tallest sandcastle.

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