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BRICS: Monuments of 5-member nations to be etched on sand

Press Trust of India  |  Panaji 

Historical monuments of all the five member nations which are part of the BRICS Summit will be etched on sand here at the five star resort venue.

With two days left for the Summit to begin, world renowned sand artist Sudarshan Pattnaik began working on the sculptures today, using the sand from Brazil, Russia, India, and

"The sand sculptures require at least 45-50 tons of the sand. The work on creating the monuments has already begun. The final sculpture would be ready by tomorrow morning," Pattnaik told PTI today.

The Padmashree awardee will create five monuments--The Great Wall of (China), Saint Basil Cathedral (Russia), (India), Christ the Redeemer (Brazil) and Afrikaans Language Monument (South Africa) next to each other inside the Taj Exotica resort, which will host the Summit.

"It is a great honour that I get to do such a massive sculpture. The heads of all the participating nations will visit the place where the sculpture is installed. This is the biggest honour for me," Pattnaik said.

"All the five nations would be connected through sand in the state of Goa which is known for its beaches," he said, adding that the sculpture would be 30-feet wide and 20-feet broad.

BRICS Summit would be held in Goa from October 15-16 in which heads of all member nations are expected to participate.

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First Published: Thu, October 13 2016. 17:02 IST