Port Lincoln's Martin brings alive Farmer

SCULPTED: Ken Martin with his work in progress, the plasticine model of the Ken Farmer statue.
SCULPTED: Ken Martin with his work in progress, the plasticine model of the Ken Farmer statue.

Port Lincoln based sculptor Ken Martin will be adding another contribution to the grounds outside Adelaide Oval with his latest sculpture.

This time he has designed a sculpture of one of South Australia’s greatest full forwards, North Adelaide’s Ken Farmer.

The plasticine sculpture is the basis of the bronze statue that will be permanently on display outside the oval’s northern entrance.

Mr Martin said he was approached in May last year to do the statue and the whole process took 12 months.

“He’s a fascinating subject,” he said.

“Farmer kicked more than 100 goals for 11 years straight, in the 1930s he was regarded as the (Don) Bradman of full forwards.”

The sculpture is modelled on a photo of Farmer taken while he was playing for South Australia in 1933.

The Farmer statue will be the fourth of Mr Martin’s creations to be placed outside Adelaide Oval, alongside fellow North Adelaide legend Barrie Robran and cricketers Jason Gillespie and Darren Lehmann.

The South Australian Cricket Association own the eight statues which were funded by businessman Basil Sellers AM.

Mr Martin said he felt privileged to have contributed these works and was very satisfied with how the Farmer sculpture had come out.

“I just think his presence is just as good as anything I’ve done,” he said.

“The balance was a technical challenge to get him up on his toe because that was his kicking style.”

The statue is set to be unveiled at Adelaide Oval on August 18.

Mr Martin is also continuing work on the tuna poler statue that is planned to go on the Port Lincoln foreshore.

The statue is to celebrate Port Lincoln’s tuna fishing history with the Port Lincoln Rotary Club aiming to raise $230,000 for its creation and installation.

Mr Martin said he hoped to get started on the next stage of the project very soon.

“Pledges for funding have been made and a fund has been set up for the statue,” he said.

“I envision the plasticine to be up in six to seven months, ready for moulding.”

As for future projects, Mr Martin said he could not reveal what he was working on but that he “likely will be quite busy in the next 12 to 18 months”.


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