Artist Sets Guinness World Record for Tallest Sand Castle

Shaunacy Ferro

Sudarsan Pattnaik puts all other beach architects to shame. The Indian sand artist just broke the record for the world’s tallest sand castle, The Times of India reports.

Pattnaik isn't new to the sand castle game—he's a professional who runs his own school dedicated to sand art. He recruited 30 students from his Sudarsan Sand Art Institute to assist on the four-day construction project that broke the record. The intricate castle stands more than 48 feet and 8 inches tall, and is inscribed with the words "World Peace." The castle will be on display for two days.

Guinness World Records officials were on hand to confirm his win. The previous record-holding sand sculpture was 45 feet 10 inches, built in 2015 in Miami by the Sand Sculpture Company and Turkish Airlines. It took 19 people and two weeks to complete that structure, making the speed with which Pattnaik built his castle even more impressive.

[h/t The Times of India]

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