The ‘Marree Man’: The Mystery Behind A Modern Giant Geoglyph Figure

The Marree Man—also known as Stuart’s Giant—is a contemporary geoglyph located 37 miles west of Marree, South Australia, on a plateau near Finnis Springs. With a height of 1.7 miles and a circumference of 17 miles, it represents an indigenous Australian man hunting with a boomerang (28 km). Despite being one of the world’s biggest geoglyphs, no one has claimed authorship for its construction; hence its origins remain a mystery.

Marree Man

After a helicopter pilot flying over central Australia saw the shape of this massive human figure sketched on the ground, the question of who made it and why arose. Any information regarding the artwork’s origins was sought by Australian entrepreneur Dick Smith in 2018.

The discovery of Marree Man in the desert 700 kilometres north of Adelaide has been a source of interest ever since. Being too enormous to be seen from the ground, it has become more popular on tourist flights. This painting depicts an Aboriginal guy with a hurling stick in his left hand, as depicted by the locals. According to Marree pub owner Phil Turner, its author or creators were “professionals” who may have used GPS technology.

Marree Man

In the absence of coordinates, it’s impossible to tell whether you’re standing on his left foot or elbow. GPS technology was only beginning to take hold at the time, which is an incredible accomplishment. You could see that everything was done with great care and attention to detail since there were no faults.

Its origins have been the subject of several conjectures throughout the years. After seeing it on June 26, 1998, Trevor Wright claims he accidentally saw Marree Man. Marree Man was also notified of his presence through anonymous faxes sent to area businesses and the media.

Marree Man

Because the faxes employed American spelling and allusions, several people thought they were the work of American artists. A commemorative plaque with the American flag and the Olympic rings was also discovered at the location. There have been various theories, such as the possibility that the clues were placed there by local artists or possibly soldiers of the Australian Army.