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 on Puri Beach 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 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.
 
"We are happy after breaking the previous Guinness world record," he told Press Trust India. "This achievement will encourage me to touch new milestones."
 
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 (10)
  • arianam-
    2/23/2017 - 08:39 a.m.

    They would have to determine which part of the width that they are going to start at and up to what point are they going to stop measuring. With a sand castle that big, you also need to be careful with it so you don't ruin it while measuring.

  • graceb2-har
    2/23/2017 - 06:15 p.m.

    It took one hour to measure the height of the sandcastle because it was gigantic. The sandcastle is an amazing sculpture that was made in India's Eastern state of Odisha. The sandcastle is 48.8 feet tall, which beats the previous Guinness world record of 45.83 feet. Wow, that's tall!

  • ljohn-dav
    3/02/2017 - 07:47 p.m.

    In response to "These photos show just how colossal the world's tallest sandcastle is," I agree that this is the worlds biggest sand castle. One reason I agree is that it was constructed by professional sand sculptor Ted Siebert and 19 helpers in October 2015. They worked over the course of two weeks. Another reason is that They took nearly one hour to verify my art and measure the height before making the official announcement. A third reason is that this is an epic 73-foot, 7-inch tall creation. Even though it would take a very long time, I think
    this is a awesome sand castle and the worlds biggest.

  • kylies-ver
    3/17/2017 - 12:04 p.m.

    It's really cool that they took something as silly as a gigantic sandcastle and used it to spread world peace. They easily could have just focused on breaking the record but they went out of their way to put something extra on it in order to spread world peace to the peace that see it.

  • gabem-smi1
    3/21/2017 - 02:47 p.m.

    I think it took one hour to measure the height because it is so tall and in an awkward position.

  • makaylak-sto
    3/21/2017 - 03:02 p.m.

    The Guinness crew officials had to make sure of the precise height and measurements of the sand castle to make sure it broke the record of the old sand castle built at Virginia Key Beach. Plus sand can be very fragile and one wrong move the whole sand castle would crumble to the ground.

  • olivial-orv
    3/23/2017 - 07:03 p.m.

    Because they didn't want to destroy the castle, so they had to be very careful. And anyways, they had to be very precise if they wanted to win Guinness world record.

  • Rachelp-dav1
    8/28/2017 - 02:09 p.m.

    This article is about a man, Sudarson Pattnaik, and a group of 45 helpers that beat the world record for the worlds largest sandcastle. This world record was beat on February 10th, 2017, at the height of 48.8 feet tall, beating the previous record of 45.83 feet tall. On Pattnaik's sculpture, he wrote "World Peace," and included a peace dove, and medallions. It was reported that Pattnaik, and his crew spent 12 hours a day for the last 4 days to complete the huge sandcastle. I think this was an awesome achivement for Pattnaik.

  • jordanw-orv
    1/08/2018 - 02:48 p.m.

    It is hard to believe that that is real sand, and also it only took them four days to build this. Also, this only took 45 people to build, you would think that it would take over 100 people.

  • korbinc-lew
    1/23/2018 - 11:55 a.m.

    It took so long because they wanted to measure it without damaging the castle. It most likely was very hard to measure it without coming in contact.

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