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 Puri-based Sudarsan Pattnaik created the tallest sand Santa Claus of 45 ft at Puri beach, Odisha on the eve of Christmas. The 75 ft wide sculpture used more than 1000 tonnes of sand over 22 hours. Twenty students of Sudarsan Sand Art Institute of Puri helped Pattnaik. It was on display from Dec 24, 2015 till Jan 1, 2016.