You've heard of the Great Pyramids and Stonehenge; now meet Rosenthal Man.

Warwick has its very own giant geoglyph - a large design or motif produced on the ground - and it can only be seen from the air. Or Google Earth.

Recreational pilot and retiree Graeme Hawthorne is the man behind the gigantic figure and said after four years of mowing it into a paddock on his property, it still gives him a kick.

"I actually mowed it this morning, I go over it every month or so to keep it sharp," he told the Daily News last week.

Graeme Hawthorne stands in the shoulder area of the freshly mown Rosenthal Man
Graeme Hawthorne stands in the shoulder area of the freshly mown Rosenthal Man Jonno Colfs

Mr Hawthorne said his version of the figure, which is the stickman logo from the 1960s televsion program, The Saint, was inspired by disappointment.

"My wife Liz and I are members of the Queensland Recreational Aircraft Association and on a trip to Lake Eyre in 2012 we tried to find Marree Man, a massive geoglyph carved into the earth down there in the South Australian desert," he said.

"It's a 4.5km long figure of an Aboriginal man in a throwing position that was plowed into the dirt.

"There are rumours, but no one knows who did it.

"When we got there though, we couldn't find it. It was gone."

Marree Man has reportedly faded and eroded and is no longer visible from the air.

So, on his return home to Warwick Mr Hawthorne said he decided to make his own.

"The only thing I could draw was The Saint logo, the stickman," he said.

"I used to draw it at school all the time, it was probably one of the only things I learned to do at school.

"Because there was no stock in the paddock and heaps of grass I thought that if you mowed a figure in there, it would really stand out.

"It's no Marree Man though, ours is only 180 metres long.

"I call him Rosenthal Man."

In bringing the plan to life, Mr Hawthorne enlisted the help of neighbour and former draftsmen Bob Hade.

"He said, 'I can sort that out for you' and found the stickman online. Then using his hi-tech mapping software he was able to place the drawing over a GPS map of the paddock and plot about 33 points," Mr Hawthorne said.

"Then, over a couple days on Easter weekend 2012, we walked around the paddock and Bob would stop us every few metres and we'd bang in a post.

"He had a handheld GPS unit - if I had tried to do it by myself I'd still be out there taking measurements."

After that it was onto the ride-on mower to join the dots - or posts in this case.

"I went around once and then wider, to make each line on the body about 3m wide, or about three mower widths," he said.

"Even so, you can't really see it from the road."

Wife Liz Hawthorne remembers being a little amused about the idea.

"He kept it a secret from me until Bob got involved, I thought it was a pretty natty idea," Mrs Hawthorne said.

"He never fails to surprise me.

"It's quite popular, we have members from our flying club flying over all the time for a look."

As for Mr Hawthorne, it was all worth it when his little (big) Saint finally showed up on Google Earth.

"I got a real kick out that," he said.



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