South Dakota-based artist John Lopez welds monumental sculptures by re-purposing scrap iron collected from ranches. He began his career as a bronze sculptor but switched to scrap metal after realizing the versatility of the material and also, he didn't have to go too far to find them. Lopez's sculptures perfectly captures the American West with recreations of bisons, horses, longhorns, bears and cowboys all made of scrap iron.
My favorite part about these pieces is the texture. 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.