Marijan Bekic was born in Bosnia-Herzegovina and moved around central Europe finally achieving his ambition of a formal degree in arts and sculpting in Berne. He settled in Australia in 1989 and has a studio at Wudinna SA. He is best known for the giant granite sculpture of the Australian farmer in Wudinna. 

Marijan envisages friendships and partnerships being reinforced or reconnected through the sculpture by a gesture such as a kiss or a handshake. 

"Reconciliation, bringing people and communities together. Love – coming together from two sides to become one."