Stunning Art Created Out Of Scrap Metal By John Lopez

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Sculptor John Lopez welds one-of-a-kind monumental sculptures, re-purposing scrap iron and found objects. much of his his material comes from ranches in South Dakota. Original music by Ken Raba.

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They are the work of artist John Lopez who welds the pieces from abandoned farm machinery.Based in the town of Lemmon, South Dakota, the 43-year-old has created full-size representations of creatures including a horse, buffalo and even a cowboy atop a triceratops.

1.Dakotah

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The Grand River once knew vast herds of bison, unconfined by fences, as it now knows cattle and sheep that are moved from pasture to pasture by ranchers on horseback.

2.White Rhino

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This life-size sculpture pays homage to the Northern White Rhino, one of the most-endangered species on the planet

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3.Longhorn

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The Lopez herd always included a number of longhorn cows, mixed in with the Angus and Herefords.

4.Black Hawk

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For generations of pre-industrial farmers, draft horses—“draft” or “draught” comes from the Old English “dragan,” which means to draw or haul—literally carried the weight of progress on their shoulders.

5.Friesian

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Friesians, which are large but nimble animals with unusually long, wavy manes and tails, were used for pulling wagons and other work before they were refined into smooth-gliding show horses

South Dakota sculptor John Lopez builds a full body T-Rex by welding together scrap metal gathered from local ranches.

My favorite part about these pieces is the texture,” John said. “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.

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