Farmer the Rigger

Farmer the Rigger – Opening Ceremony at Burning Man, 2023

Video: By Aleksandra Radojičić & Nikola Radojičić


corten steel, ship anchor chains, excavator teeth, scrap metal, & stained glass

252 X 204 X 240 in.


Burning Man, 2023 | Black Rock City, NV

Robot Heart Foundation Residency, 2023 | The Loom, Oakland, CA

Fresh Start New Years | The Midway, San Francisco, CA


“Farmer the Rigger is a self portrait of my artistry, following my career from my first job as a Farmer to becoming a Crane Operator/Rigger. This is my resume sculpture showcasing the countless hours spent mastering my craft.”

It serves as a guardian spirit, this awe-inspiring sculpture pays homage to the working class and skilled laborers, embodying the culmination of time dedicated to perfecting one’s vocation. As a 2023 Burning Man Honorarium Grant recipient, Farmer the Rigger transcends its physical presence, delivering a message of community elevation, embracing one’s journey, and committing to self mastery. 

At 21 feet tall and 9,000 pounds, Farmer the Rigger is a monumental sculpture that commands attention. It is an Afrocentric metal mask supported by massive ship anchor chains and mounted to the ground by colossal metal hands. The mouth can articulate up and down with chain hoist, giving participants the opportunity to have an actual rigging experience. This sculpture is also equipped with internal pyrotechnics allowing it to blast towering flames into the nights sky! 

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