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Published June 25th 2018
Celebrating Australian farming communities
In recognition of farming communities in rural Australia, The Australian Farmer, also known as The Big Farmer, was erected in a small Eyre Peninsula township called Wudinna, approximately 260 kilometres west of Port Augusta. The project took 17 years, from conception to completion, with many volunteers giving their time and talents to ensure its success.
The Australian Farmer was constructed by renowned Croatian-born artist Marijan Bekic and his son David, using tonnes of locally sourced granite. It is eight metres in height and takes on the basic shape of a human in a very stylish way. Its head represents the sun, its body represents grain crops and its feet represents sheep. After two years of carving by hand, the sculpture was officially dedicated on 17 April 2009.
You can find The Australian Farmer standing proudly at the corner of Eyre Highway and Byrne Road.