Public Art: Big Potato
Nicknames : Big turd or the dud spud.
Sculptor : © Jim Mauger
Description : The 10 m long, 4m wide enormous brown
ferroconcrete structure was modelled on the North American sebago spud. The inside, which has long been bricked up,
was sprayed to look like mashed potato.
Date : The Big Potato was built in 1977
Location : The Big Potato is located on the main
street of Robertson, New South Wales. Trust me, you can't miss it!
History of the Big Potato : The town of Robertson
lies in the "Green Heart of the Southern Highlands" and the centre for potato growing, so it wasn't a surprise that
someone would eventually want to build a momument to honour the humble spud. That someone was local potato farmer
Jim Mauger, who envisaged the giant spud as becoming a Potato Information Centre. Unfortunately his
dream never eventuated. Instead the giant brown potato sits in disrepair despite it being a local icon.
Big Potato Controversy: One crazy night in
March,2010, while the locals slept, a group of budding artists were busily putting their final touches on a
paper mache face they had made for the Big Potato. By the time the sun rose, the towns most famous icon had a
face (Mr Potato Head). One of the men responsible said it took them 2 weedends to make at a cost of $200. The
annonymous group began the potato's extreme makeover at 3am one Saturday morning and it took them
roughly 15 minutes. That day saw many tourists and visitors pulling over to take photos of the smiling
face that now adorned the spud. Even the local chamber of commerce was delighted with the publicity the face
was attracting. However, sadly and a tad ironically, that night the face was torn down by another group