Randy Jewart, Director of Austin Green Art, delivered the “Cedar Man” sculpture to Maker Faire this week. This man made from cedar required a large crane to move into place. The Cedar Man, who is wielding a hammer, will also be known as Maker Man for this weekend’s Maker Faire.

The Maker Man is located in front of Bldg B, the Show Barn, and it’s a good place to meet up with friends. Just say: “Meet me at the Maker Man at 1pm.”

Update: This 30-foot tall cedar statue was made by artist George Sabra. It is modeled after the style of the Phoenicians, who used the wood from the cedar trees of their Lebanon home to make their sailing ships. Out of respect for this ancient civilization this statue is made of recycled cedar from Austin, Texas.

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DALE DOUGHERTY is the leading advocate of the Maker Movement. He founded Make: Magazine 2005, which first used the term “makers” to describe people who enjoyed “hands-on” work and play. He started Maker Faire in the San Francisco Bay Area in 2006, and this event has spread to nearly 200 locations in 40 countries, with over 1.5M attendees annually. He is President of Make:Community, which produces Make: and Maker Faire.

In 2011 Dougherty was honored at the White House as a “Champion of Change” through an initiative that honors Americans who are “doing extraordinary things in their communities to out-innovate, out-educate and out-build the rest of the world.” At the 2014 White House Maker Faire he was introduced by President Obama as an American innovator making significant contributions to the fields of education and business. He believes that the Maker Movement has the potential to transform the educational experience of students and introduce them to the practice of innovation through play and tinkering.

Dougherty is the author of “Free to Make: How the Maker Movement Is Changing our Jobs, Schools and Minds” with Adriane Conrad. He is co-author of "Maker City: A Practical Guide for Reinventing American Cities" with Peter Hirshberg and Marcia Kadanoff.

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