South Dakotan sculptor John Lopez creates life-sized scrap metal sculptures with a unique American Western twist. In his hands, old discarded farm equipment is recycled into sculptures of iconic creatures from the American West, such as the bison, a horse plowing a field or the Texas longhorn. Lopez already had a career as a bronze sculptor, but after creating a family tomb for his deceased aunt using scrap metal, he began creating recycled metal sculptures from found or donated metal scraps.
“My favorite part about these pieces is the texture,” explains Lopez. “I just start grabbin’ 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 I’ve never seen in these kinds of pieces before. And I think that’s what draws people in.”