One mans junk is another man’s treasure! Stunning sculptures made form scrap metal!
They say one man’s junk is another man’s treasure and this certainly rings true for this artist who creates incredible sculptures of horses from scrap metal.
The large and intricate sculptures are the work of artist John Lopez who welds the pieces from metal and old farm machinery.
John, 43, from South Dakota, USA, once enjoyed a career in bronze sculpting but now uses his talents to create his own artworks.
His collection includes a number of life-size horses and buffalo with each on taking up to six months to complete.
John said: “I started welding Hybrid Metal Art almost 10 years ago after the death of my aunt Effie.
“She was my biggest fan and motivator. When she died in a car accident I moved down to her husband’s ranch to spend time with him and help build the elementary fence around Effie’s grave on the ranch.
“After creating an angel, made out of scrap pieces. I thought why don’t I try to create a horse out of found objects and it all started from there.
“The scrap iron is donated to me from farmers and ranchers’ friends and family close to where my studio is located in South Dakota.
“Sometimes I will buy items from a farm auction in the area. I have also had some admirers mail me items in the mail because they thought I should use it in my work.
“My latest creation is of our City founder Ed Lemmon. He was a cowboy and our town is named after him.
“Growing up on a ranch and the things I have seen and learned there inspire me to create what I do.
“I love animals and how they react to things around them. I love to study how they move and what they’re ears, legs and tilt of head does to portray different emotions or reactions to their environment.
“I grew up riding horseback most of my childhood and had a fear of horses at the start.
“My fear turned into a love and appreciation. ”