M.T. Liggett, known world-wide for his kinetic metal artwork visible along U.S. Highway 400 by Mullinville, died Thursday morning after a long illness. His artwork, most of which sends out political messages, remains turning in the wind as family members make funeral plans. A secret 5-member board of trustees has been designated by LIggett to oversee the preservation of his artwork.
MULLINVILLE—M.T. Liggett, 86, creator of metal art with political messages and kinetic wind capabilities, passed away after a long illness on Thursday, August 17, 2017. He had battled brain cancer and a heart condition for some time, but was admitted to Wesley Medical Center in Wichita on Saturday, then passed at 11:13 a.m. on Thursday.
Liggett was known by many for his out-spoken opinions and ability to converse with a wide variety of people who stopped by his shop in Mullinville. He was featured on the American Pickers television show in 2013 on the History Channel, and his artwork, visible along U.S. Highway 400 through Mullinville garnered him attention from across the United State and beyond. He has been featured in documentaries in Finland, France, China, Japan, Canada and the U.S.
Patrick Goodman, former editor of the Kiowa County Signal, is currently working on a documentary that highlights Liggett's metal work and what will become of the huge collection after he is gone. According to Goodman, a 5-person board of trustees has been appointed to oversee the preservation of what Liggett has left behind.
One of Liggett's sons, Jim Liggett, Wichita, said the family was preparing a military-style funeral and graveside services as per Liggett's request. The date has not yet been released.