M.T. Liggett Art Environment
Myron Thomas (M.T.) Liggett was widely known for creating politically charged metal totems and whirligigs. He created a line-up of sculptural pieces along miles of pasture fence along US Highway 400 and Kansas Highway 54.
His 70-plus acre roadside property is home to as many as 600 small and large metal totems lampooning politicians; local, state and national officials; international figures; or anyone who caught his critical eye. The pieces are smart, witty, often biting, and many times humorous. It has been said he was an equal opportunity offender. His work includes references to Greek mythology, numerous former wives, friends, politicians, and acquaintances.
Kohler Foundation, Inc. became aware of the site in 2008 while working on the Garden of Eden site in central Kansas. It has been on the radar of the Kansas state tourism people and recognized as an important Kansas art site. We were contacted by a son of M.T. Liggett days after the artist’s death and then later by the trustees of Liggett’s estate who were in charged with caring for the property.
Conservation treatment is taking place over a two-year period by International Artifacts of Houston, Texas. KFI is adding a visitor center that will encourage both locals and travelers alike to learn more about M.T.’s life and creativity. The center will include several custom tools MT designed such as hammers, axes, tables, and fans. Painted sheet metal, shelving, and other items were also salvaged from the original studio. The visitor center will house a restoration area and workshop to help maintain the nearly 600 large totems and more than 500 small hearts and art pieces.
The site will be gifted to the 5.4.7. Art Center of Greensburg, KS in 2020. Many of the 5.4.7. board members were dear friends of M.T. and are thrilled to see his artwork conserved for future generations.