From Farm Scrap to Stunning Sculptures

October 29, 2016 12:01 PM
Welding scrap metal sculptures

South Dakota sculptor John Lopez grew up on a ranch and first found love for his craft by molding horses from clay. But as he gazed across the prairie landscape, Lopez found inspiration from a new medium after spying the “rusted carcasses of discarded equipment” and scrap piles from area farms and ranches.

Lopez peels through this trash to create his treasure. Here’s a glimpse into how he crafts his one-of-a-kind creations.

“The ranch life has been a very good place for me to draw inspiration for my sculptures,” he says. “A lot of times, I’ll get my ideas for sculptures from something I see on the ranch.”

Lopez’s work has mesmerized many, including blogger Jake Manning.

“Blurring the line between organic, artificial, and symbol, Lopez’s art is sure to leave an impact,” he writes.  "It’s striking how well they blend into the Midwestern scenery.”

Here are a few examples of his sculpture-welded art. Head over to to see the rest.


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