Ken Martin shapes another sporting great

LOCAL CONNECTION: Benefactor Basil Sellers, sculpture subject Barrie Robran, fellow North Adelaide champion Bob Hammond who unveiled the statue and sculptor Ken Martin from Port Lincoln with the sculpture of Mr Robran outside Adelaide Oval. Photograph: SANFL

LOCAL CONNECTION: Benefactor Basil Sellers, sculpture subject Barrie Robran, fellow North Adelaide champion Bob Hammond who unveiled the statue and sculptor Ken Martin from Port Lincoln with the sculpture of Mr Robran outside Adelaide Oval. Photograph: SANFL

AS spectators filed into Saturday's Showdown through Adelaide Oval's Southern Gates they probably noticed a prominent new piece of art - with a Port Lincoln connection.

Local artist Ken Martin is the man behind the much talked about statue of North Adelaide champion Barrie Robran that was unveiled at the redeveloped Adelaide Oval last week.

Mr Martin created the Darren Lehmann and Jason Gillespie statues that already stand at the oval and he was pleased to be commissioned to do the third in a series of eight bronze sculptures, honouring South Australian cricket and football greats.

Statues are also planned of footballers Malcolm Blight, Russell Ebert and Ken Farmer, and cricketers Clem Hill and George Giffen.

Mr Martin was in Adelaide for the unveiling, helping install the sculpture overnight on Thursday to keep its identity secret for the ceremony on Friday.

"I was delighted to receive this commission and it is wonderful to see it in place," he said.

He said it had a prime spot in the Southern Plaza at the Southern Gates, flying above the crowds as they enter the Adelaide Oval.

The sculpture shows Robran in full flight, taking an overhead mark at the oval.

The original form was sculpted in 250 kilograms of clay-based plasticine, a process that took Mr Martin more than 500 hours.

A mould was taken from the plasticine sculpture before the sculpture was cast into bronze.

The figure is 125 per cent life size, and the overall sculpture is 4.1 metres high and weighs 300 kilograms.

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