“Farmer Luther” has arrived at Green Pastures Farm in Brentwood.
The 20-foot metal sculpture was built by artist Kris Nethercutt and took a year and a half to be created. On June 15, it was transported by a team of eight workers from Groove Construction, alongside Nethercutt, to the property owned by Cal Turner Jr.
“Luther weighs 3,000 pounds, and the plate underneath him weighs 1,500,” Nethercutt said.
The sculpture took its place beside the infamous green pavilion that hosts the giant Nativity scene that Cal Turner Jr. calls his “Christmas card to the community.” People driving up and down Franklin Road can now see “Farmer Luther” standing to the far right of the pavilion.
Cal Turner Jr. undertook the project to honor the legacy of his grandfather, Luther Turner, and his family’s roots in farming.
With a third-grade education, Luther Turner took charge of the family farm after his father’s untimely death. He then went into business with his son, Cal Turner Sr., to form J.L. Turner and Son Wholesale. Later, that company became known as it is today: Dollar General Corp.
“I want to honor my humble roots,” Cal Turner Jr. said.
Nethercutt owns K.A.L. Metal Products and calls himself a “metal-morphocist.” Every detail of “Farmer Luther” was thought of, down to the straw in his mouth and the dirt under his nails. Eventually, a large metal dog will sit beside him.