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July 28

John Lopez: The Cowboy who Can Transform Scrap Metal into Incredible Sculptures

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John Lopez was born and raised in South Dakota. As a bronze sculptor, he already had a successful career and he also comes across the art of welded statues. Interestingly enough, his story began with a tragedy.

When he lost his beloved aunt, Lopez, he went to his windowed uncle’s ranch to build a family cemetery for his aunt’s interment. He ran out of material while building the cemetery gate so he visited the scrap yard nearby to find more. Using the metals he found, he was able to build not only a  gate but also an angel for the cemetery.

This was the beginning of an inspiration to build more weld work and now, these pieces are featured all across the nation. Here is a compilation of his works along with the stories of how they were made in his new Coffee Table Book.

John Lopez Sculptures

“Friesan”

John Lopez Sculpture, Friesian
John Lopez Sculpture, Friesian

“Texas Longhorn”

John Lopez Sculpture, Texas Longhorn
John Lopez Sculpture, Texas Longhorn
John Lopez Sculpture, Texas Longhorn
John Lopez Sculpture, Texas Longhorn

John welded together a guitar, a fiddle, the Alamo and five Texas Rangers with chains and gears he got from farm equipment and scrap metal. This is inspired by the lone star state.

“Black Hawk”

John Lopez Sculpture, Black Hawk
John Lopez Sculpture, Black Hawk

The  “Black Hawk” sculpture can be found at the entrance in a farmer’s market in Kensington, New Hampshire.

“Iron Star”

John Lopez Sculpture, Iron Star
John Lopez Sculpture, Iron Star

“Tyrannosaurus Rex”

John Lopez Sculpture, Tyrannosaurus Rex
John Lopez Sculpture, Tyrannosaurus Rex

“Dakotah”

John Lopez Sculpture, Dakotah
John Lopez Sculpture, Dakotah

“Wild West Buffalo”

John Lopez Sculpture, Wild West Buffalo
John Lopez Sculpture, Wild West Buffalo

Lopez made this life-sized buffalo with chains, circular saw blades and other farm tools and scrap metal.

“Moose”

John Lopez Sculpture, Moose
John Lopez Sculpture, Moose

“Colt of Many Colors”

John Lopez Sculpture, Colt of Many Colors
John Lopez Sculpture, Colt of Many Colors

“Calumet”

John Lopez Sculpture, Calumet
John Lopez Sculpture, Calumet

Woah! These scrap metal artworks definitely took my breath away. I wonder how much work was put into each piece he created. Check out John Lopez Sculptures and see more of his amazing work on his website: johnlopezstudio.com


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