"I still remember walking into Marty’s studio to view the almost finished clay model—wow!—the statue was fantastic. It was so alive I could almost hear his voice.
Our finished statue was unveiled December 3, 2009, 150 years from the day that Lincoln gave his speech. You could hear the audience gasp as the veil came down, and I voiced “Lincoln is back in Leavenworth.” The statue is beautiful, the citizens of Leavenworth are terribly proud, and the committee is so pleased that we made the right choice.
Marty is a gifted artist and a very nice person with whom to work. He met every timeline and assuaged every concern of the committee. I would highly recommend him as a sculpture and a gentleman.
Carol Dark Ayres
Lincoln Statue Committee
Abraham Lincoln for the city of Leavenworth, KS.
Martin Leo Pyle currently resides in Overland Park, Kansas and has lived most of his life in the Greater Kansas City area. He attended the University of Kansas and received a Bachelor of Fine Arts in 1984. Over the years, he has continued his studies engaging in multiple specialized classes and workshops. His artistic emphasis is to realistically portray individuals with honor and dignity while capturing their sense of self. He has used various mediums over the years to portray the figure including charcoal and oil portraiture, iconography and most recently clay to bronze statuary.
In recent years he has created several bronze busts featuring executives from various corporations. Additionally, he was commissioned and created a nine foot statue of Abraham Lincoln for the City of Leavenworth, Kansas. He is represented in the collection of the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum in Springfield, Illinois. His most recent works include busts of Harry S. Truman and the Hall of Fame manager Sparky Anderson.