Artist John Lopez‘s sculptures aren’t your every day, average works of art. He takes scrap metal from old farming equipment and turns it into his vision – magnificent, life-size sculptures of animals—among them buffalo, horses, cows, rams, antelope, bears, and even dinosaurs. You can still see entire machine parts and lettering engraved in the metal if you take an up-close look.
Lopez’s welded sculptures are eco-friendly and bursting with personality. They truly capture the iconography of the American West with figures ranging from a bison to a horse and plow or a Texas Longhorn. The past is reconstructed out of all recycled materials.
Lopez started out his career as a bronze sculptor. He realized the versatility of scrap metal after forging a family grave for his deceased aunt. It makes for a one-of-a-kind elegance, a sort of hodgepodge punk sensibility in his gorgeous and impressive artwork.
It pays homage to the past while toying with the concept of familiar imagery and reconstructing it into something entirely different. Where have you ever seen a cowboy riding a dinosaur before?
“My favorite part about these pieces is the texture,” Lopez explains.
“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.”
Lopez’s art is bound to leave an impact. It blurs the line between organic, artificial, and symbolism. And it’s impressive just how well they blend in with the scenery of the Midwest.
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