Sunday, May 9, 2010

America , Kansas, and M. T. Liggett


Free thinking, foul mouthed and full of piss and vinegar, Kansas artist, M.T. Liggett is what the real American heartland is all about. He drinks straight from the bottle and shoots straight from the hip and his purpose in life is to create wonderful pieces of really inspired metal sculpture.

His work lines a stretch of road near his home and people come from miles around to look at it.Others, especially the good folk of  tiny Mullinville, Kansas, are scandalized and embarrassed by M.T.'s antics on the prairie outside of town. But M.T. Liggett doesn't care. He makes his own way in the world and  he cares about expressing his own, unique truth.  He's stubborn, cantankerous, and brilliantly talented. He's the epitome of the old saying " bloom where you are planted"  and I, for one, think he is just great. 

We definitely ARE in Kansas, where hardscrabble prairie living makes folks, down to earth and tough minded.. Check out the interview with the great man in this video and watch for the upcoming Red State Road Trip2 for which it is a trailer.

6 comments:

solargroupies said...

Makes this lifestyle look appealing!

Flash said...

The best folk art is always created by eccentrics. Thanks for this. I love folk art that expresses imagination.

Pamela Grundy said...

LOL! I think I might have married this guy at one time myself. :D

Loved Protection, Kansas! Awesome, thanks.

Frieda Babbley said...

Eight kids by eight wives eh? lol What a wonderful guy, actually. I like his self confidence. Love this post. I've heard of him but never knew about him. Probably passed by his metal art as well. Very cool. Love this post!

pinkpackrat said...

I love his metal sculptures and I can just imagine how he annoys the local town worthies..... I bet he enjoys that too:-)

iwalkiwrite said...

What a character!