South Dakotan sculptor John Lopez creates amazing life-sized scrap metal sculptures with a uniquely Western American twist. In his hands, old discarded farm gear is recycled into amazing sculptures of iconic creatures from the American West like a bison, a horse plowing and a Texas Longhorn.
Lopez already had a profession as a bronze sculptor, however after making a family grave for his deceased aunt using scrap metal, he started creating recycled metal sculptures out of found or donated items of steel as well.
â€œMy favorite part about these pieces is the texture,â€ explains Lopez. â€œI just start grabbinâ€™ stuff from the pile and welding it, in and if you weld enough of the same thing on over and over it creates this really cool texture that Iâ€™ve never seen in these kinds of pieces before. And I think thatâ€™s what draws people in.â€