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Sculpture artist ‘Spanner Man’ leaves a legacy

Sculpture artist ‘Spanner Man’ leaves a legacy

Known as Spanner Man, Boort artist John Piccoli died abruptly on Thursday night, leaving his family, fans, and Boort locals to grieve and celebrate a caring man and master of a original art accomplish.

Key points:

  • ‘Spanner Man’ John Piccoli was known for his sculptures made out of spanners.
  • Piccoli died on Thursday night, leaving in the back of a legacy of the original art accomplish.
  • He opened his Boort farm to the public, welcoming as many as 200 of us a day.

After contracting polio in 1949, Mr Piccoli carried on farming his third-generation Central Victorian property from a wheelchair ahead of retiring to embrace existence as an accidental artist.

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Mr Piccoli sourced antique spanners from far and vast to create his many sculptures; eventually, he was satisfied to originate his farm to company.

The tourist attraction welcomed 300 of us in its first year; nearly 20 years later, it attracted 100-200 company a day.


‘Implausible ability’: Buddy pays tribute

Boort local and Mr Piccoli’s pal Paul Haw said the popular community man’s work was probably the greatest tourist attraction in the Loddon Shire.

“He had an improbable skill,” Mr Haw said.

“He ragged to lie in the dirt on his back to weld.

“He had the improbable ability to achieve perspective.”

“He did now not want to make any money out of it, he lawful wanted to search for the pleasure that of us got out of his artwork.”

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The Spanner Man: one of the field’s most unusual artists(Emily Stewart)

Tourist attraction to transfer on

Mr Piccoli’s family announced his death via Facebook, saying it was with a “very, very heavy heart” that they reveal all their dad’s fans of his surprising passing.

Spanner Man's workshop

John Piccoli says he doesn’t intend to waste away in a nursing dwelling, he’d rather be in his workshop.(

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Mr Haw said he was distinct the tourist attraction, which plays a major position in the local financial system of the 700-person city, would crawl on.

“John would have made plans for that,” he said.

“I would say his farm will probably be lawful as popular when re-opens.

“I ragged to take early life available in the market, now not for his artwork nonetheless for the way he treated existence.

“He was an example to each person.”

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