Map the Miner, also known as "Map Kernow" or the "Son of Cornwall", is a 7 metres (23 ft) statue commemorating the Cornish mining history of the town of Kapunda in South Australia. Built by Ben van Zetten, the statue stands to at the southern entrance to the town, and is regarded as one of Australia's Big Things. The statue was destroyed by fire in 2006, but it was rebuilt and rededicated 12 months later.
Design and Construction:
The core of the original statue was a steel frame that was attached to a concrete base. The artist then layered fiberglass over the frame, using "freehand grinding and chipping" techniques to form the final texture. The process took approximately three months. The statue stood 7 metres (23 ft) tall and depicted a "mid-nineteenth century" miner, wearing a felt hat and bearing a mallet in one hand and a pick over his shoulder. A candle was attached to his hat, and spare candles were worn around his neck. The new statue takes the same form, but unlike the original cold cast bronze was employed in the construction.