Re­ward to solve the mys­tery

Australian Geographic - - Geobuzz -

ON THE 20TH AN­NIVER­SARY

of the Mar­ree Man’s dis­cov­ery in June, busi­ness­man (and AG founder) Dick Smith of­fered a $5000 re­ward to any­one who could dis­cover who cre­ated the art­work, af­ter his own two-year search proved fruit­less.

“It’s highly com­plex and one of the most mys­te­ri­ous things,” Dick has said. “Af­ter two years of meet­ing peo­ple, I’m re­al­is­ing that prob­a­bly one or two weren’t telling me the truth… I reckon some blokes were in a univer­sity or a gov­ern­ment depart­ment and said, ‘We want to test this soft­ware, let’s go and put a gi­ant like Cerne Ab­bas [a chalk fig­ure in Dorset, UK] in the desert.’”

But he’s open to keep­ing the artist’s iden­tity to him­self. “If some­body rang me up and said, ‘Dick, I want the $5000 but on the un­der­stand­ing you won’t tell any­one’, and then gave me the ev­i­dence,” he said, “I’ll give them the $5000 and keep it se­cret.”

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