THE SCULPTURES OF M. T. LIGGETT
T. Liggett was born into a sharecropping family in tiny Mullinville, Kansas
(about 30 miles east of Dodge City) in the 1930's. After a career in the
military, he returned to Mullinville and settled on the farm where he had been
In 1989, Liggett began creating metal
sculptures. He uses a plasma arc cutter and an arc welder to turn
old farm equipment, car parts, road signs, and any other odd bits of iron he can
lay his hands on, into fantastic characters which adorn his property, on the
side of Route 400 just west of town. Most of Liggett's sculptures are
brightly painted, and many have moving parts that spin and flash in the hot
The most striking characteristic of Liggett's art, though, is
its edgy wit and overt political bite. It is immediately apparent, that Liggett
is a man with opinions to spare, which he likes to share.
Most of his sculptures are
basically fantastic, funny, ferocious political cartoons. They reach from
international themes ("Greeenpeace") to the local (a news anchor skewered as
Newshound"). A number of figures depict loves of Liggett's life (a
charming one is "Enchantress
looking for a bow"). Some are captioned in various foreign
Cuore Vecchia Borsa"). Some depict characters that seem to have
sprung entirely from Liggett's imagination.
It is difficult to place Liggett on the political
spectrum. You may think you have him figured out from works like those
depicting Hillary Clinton as "Our
Jack-Booted Eva Braun" and Janet Reno as "Queen of Waco" and
"Bitch of Buchenwald", and then be scratching your head in front
- Bring Back Slick Willie" and "Jesse
Helms loves Margaret Thatcher".
overly-sensitive should be forewarned: there are images here to offend every
Links to other websites about M. T. Liggett and his
D. Gorton maintains this site with a few B&W photos,
as well as a
short movie clip. At:
Totem Poles Of Mullinville - at the website of kansasphototour.com.
Several photos. At:
profile of the artist.
With a photo of M.T. and his "self-portrait" sculpture, "Moon-Tosser".