Old Farm Equipment And Scrap Metal Turned Into Amazing Sculptures

South Dakota sculptor John Lopez creates life-size scrap metal sculptures with a uniquely American look. In his hands, old discarded farm equipment is recycled into sculptures of iconic creatures from the American West, such as bison, a horse plowing a field and a Texas Longhorn. Lopez already had a career as a bronze sculptor; but after creating a memorial for a deceased aunt using scrap metal, he began creating sculptures out of found objects.

“My favorite part about these pieces is the texture,” says Lopez. “I just start grabbin’ stuff from the pile and welding it in, and, if you weld together enough of the same thing over and over, it creates this really cool texture that I’ve never seen in these kinds of pieces before. I think that’s what draws people in.”

Lopez’s pieces are unique in many ways. In addition to the textures, there is a nostalgic, sci-fi feel to them that harkens back to the TV show, The Wild Wild West. It would not be hard to imagine Artemus Gordon or Jules Verne inventing such creatures. It would also not be difficult to imagine them moving. Three things are certain: they are very creative, they are very well made, and the anatomy is impeccable. Obviously Lopez is a student of the wildlife of the American plains.

Lopez is a fascinating artist with an interesting story. I encourage you to visit his web site and read his bio. The link is at the end of this article.



















For more on John Lopez, go to http://www.johnlopezstudio.com

Many thanks to my friend Guy Myers for telling me about this.

Waitsel Smith

Waitsel Smith, August 19, 2014

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  • Michael Belk August 20, 2014, 2:34 PM

    Man o man! What an incredible talent! This is fascinating artwork. Thanks for sharing with us.

  • jean August 20, 2014, 6:26 PM

    With each piece that is a noted piece that makes one think of the heritage.. the longhorn with the star on it’s side and guitars on quarters, the bison with an American Indian on it’s side. The unity of the bucking bronco and rider with the flowing main and tail that connects you to the rider’s shirt. the look of strength (bulging muscle) in the legs of the horse with the plow… Creative, thoughtful, thought-provoking, and unique. Thanks for sharing!

  • Ben August 21, 2014, 4:47 PM

    This is amazingly talented Passion at work. It’s inspiring. I’m carving some pine logs for a silent auction and this gives me such inspiration. Several of my neighborshave stopped by and their first question is, “where did you learn how to do this?” Well, images like these are one. The vision is where it starts. I loved his statement about how he just starts welding pieces together. That statement parallels my process, too. Sometimes, it’s just starting with those first few cuts, chisel marks or in his case, welds. Amazing work. It’s art like this that reminds me of the Passion and Joy that can be found in work. If everyone found as much pleasure in doing what they do as Mr. Lopez, the world would be a much happier place. Thanks for sharing these!!

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