Sudarsan Pattnaik is known for creating magic with his installations on sand but on Wednesday he attempted something with a difference - a cover of former First Lady of the US Michelle Obama's memoir "Becoming". Pattnaik and his team created the unique artistic representation of the book cover on a beach here, an effort which took them nearly seven hours.
Four tonnes of sand were used to create the 14-feet-long and seven-feet-high installation. Pattanaik said Michelle Obama's story is as "nuanced and beautiful as the granules of sand and much like the ocean, it is everlasting".
The event was organised by Penguin India to celebrate the book, which it said has sold more than 10 million copies. "The book has received great response from the Indian market as the nation connected with the story of one of the most iconic and compelling women of our era. Penguin India has sold more than 70,000 copies of the book since its release," the publisher said.
Pattnaik has made many sculptures of former US president Barack Obama but this is the first time that he worked on any installation related to Michelle Obama. In her memoir, Michelle Obama chronicles the experiences that have shaped her - from her childhood on the South Side of Chicago to her years as an executive balancing the demands of motherhood and work, to her time spent at the world's most famous address. She describes her triumphs and her disappointments, both public and private, telling her full story as she has lived it.
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