When you see this guy going through your discarded old farm equipment and scrap metal, just let him be and you’ll be completely amazed at what he can do with them.
His name is John Lopez, an awesome artist from South Dakota. He creates his arts like an angel welding pieces from abandoned farm machinery, and forming them into iconic creatures from the American West like a life-size Texas Longhorn, bison, a horse, or even a cowboy atop a triceratops.
“I collect the iron from local ranchers and farmers I knew as a kid,” John said. “My family and friends are more than happy to help out… I get my ideas from my life, the ranch, our history here, the animals around our area.”
“My favorite part about these pieces is the texture,” John said. “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.”
Indeed, it is, John. Thank you for inspiring us with your marvelous sculptures.