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Sudarsan Pattinaik 500 Sand Santas

Without timely efforts to adapt to sea level rise brought on by climate change, our beloved beaches could virtually disappear, leaving a ragged and dangerous coastline in its wake. That’s a future sand artist Sudarsan Pattnaik never wants to see. To raise awareness about the real threat of global warming, the artist, together with 30 of his students, created a massive art installation on the beach behind Panthanivas hotel in Puri, Odisha, India. The project features 500 Santas springing up from the sand, lounging, and walking the beach full of the holiday spirit.

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