Kanza Art – M. T. Liggett
Sorry for the huge delay between posts. Hard to use a laptop while hiking through the Rockies….or “relaxing” in Las Vegas….more on those later. For now enjoy some updates from Kansas! Sounds boring, yes, but we found a few great places to visit. One was the weird and wonderful art of M.T. Liggett, and the other, the naturaly sculpted “chalk monuments” of western Kansas. Click through to see the galleries and learn a little more.
On Saturday, we were driving along Kansas Rt 400 West from Wichita to Garden City, and stumbled upon a field full of junk metal sculptures. Naturally, we pulled over to take pictures of these large scale, whimsical and unique works and our timing was perfect because the artist just so happened to be working in his studio and came over to introduce himself. We came to learn that this was M. T. Liggett, a folk artist well known for his humorous, political, sometimes offensive, and always creative metal sculptures. He uses pieces of old farm equipment and welds, reforms and paints them into unique characters and effigies ranging from Greek gods, to Hillary Clinton, to Batman. We spoke with M. T. for a little while as he gave us a tour of his workshop and shared his views on life, love and politics. Check out our gallery of his work! Warning…you may find the nature of some of these sculptures offensive.
The second “gallery” we visited was the work of the oldest sculptors on earth: wind, rain and time. The “Chalk Pyramids” or “Keystone Gallery” is a series of stone archways and mini-mountains. The size and shapes of these land features are quite striking in comparison to the rest of Kansas, which is exceptionally flat. Even the seven miles of off-road trails to find the spot are pretty interesting themselves. Enjoy, and as usual, stay tuned for more updates and info on all this stuff and more.