Australia is home to more than just a couple of big things. The big country, it has been said, has a love of similarly-oversized objects. The Big Bench is only one of a loosely related set of about 150 sculptures and large structures sprinkled across the country. Most of these, the Big Bench included, serve as some of the country’s top tourist traps and can be found along major roads and highways or between prominent travel destinations.
Located in Broken Hill, New South Wales, the Big Bench was built in September 2002 as part of the Landscapes and Backgrounds exhibition. Two and a half times regular bench scale, the Big Bench was constructed on top of the Line of Lode, a high hill of mineral deposits that runs right down the center of Broken Hill.