Artist transforms farm equipment into animal sculptures
It's incredible what Lopez can do with some scrap metal.
Rachel Shapiro

It’s always amazing to see artists’ creativity. Artists can make mind-blowingly beautiful work out of humble objects, like metal scraps.

An artist named John Lopez is the perfect example of this. Lopez has created beautiful sculptures of animals out of discarded farm equipment.

Recreating the wild wild west out of discarded farm equipment, South Dakota-based artist John Lopez’s amazing metal sculptures will blow your mind!

Lopez began his career as a bronze sculptor, but he realized the versatility of scrap metal when he forged a family grave for his deceased aunt. It creates a unique aesthetic, a kind of mishmash punk sensibility in his beautiful and imposing artwork.

It pays respect to the past while also playing with the idea of renewing and reconfiguring familiar imagery into something completely different.

After all, where have you seen a cowboy riding a dinosaur before?

Lopez’s work can be seen in many states, including in Texas.

Instagram/John Lopez Studio
Instagram/John Lopez Studio

“My favorite part about these pieces is the texture,” explains Lopez. “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.”

Blurring the line between organic, artificial, and symbol, Lopez’s art is sure to leave an impact!

It’s striking how well they blend into the Midwestern scenery.

Instagram/John Lopez Studio
Instagram/John Lopez Studio

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

And Lopez isn’t just an artist! He also owns and rides horses. He shares adorable videos of the animals on his Instagram page.

Check out a video of one of Lopez’s horses below. And if you want to see more of his artwork, be sure to head to his Instagram page.

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Source: John Lopez Studio, John Lopez

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By Rachel Shapiro
Rachel Shapiro is a contributing writing at Shareably. She is based in New York and can be reached at