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Bits of Scrap Metal Welded Together Into Powerful Sculptures

Bronze sculptor John Lopez builds large and powerful beasts completely out of metal. From buffalo to cowboys on horseback, Lopez welds layer by layer of iron together to form life-sized creations filled with interesting details and texture.

His welded art style of sculpture was born through experimentation and a lack of necessary supplies. When the artist found himself out of materials to build a fence around the family cemetery, the artist made-do, using any scrap iron he could find on his uncle's ranch. The results–a completed gate and a small angel–were well received and thus a new career path was born.

Since then, Lopez has found ways to blend his talents as a bronze sculptor with scrap metal art to create his strikingly beautiful work. Born and raised on a ranch in Western South Dakota, it's not surprising that Lopez builds the things that he knows best: horses, cows, cowboys, and prairie wildlife.

“I am never bored!” says Lopez. “I look forward to each new creation, and it is helping me grow and develop as an artist.”

John Lopez's website
via [Asylum Art]

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