This is not my first large-scale scrap metal sculptor, and he probably won’t be my last. But there’s something so deliciously organic about John Lopez’s sculptures that I can’t resist them. Though they are constructed of mostly modern scrap metal, Lopez’s animals still manage to have the look of the old West about them. I love how Lopez gives them an air of purpose and determination, just like the real animals have.
It’s no surprise that he has such a connection to his subjects. John’s other profession is horse breeding and training, and he’s widely known in his home town of Lemmon, South Dakota, for his horse gentling skills.
“Sculptor John Lopez is a product of a place. His people’s ranches are scattered along the Grand River in northwestern South Dakota—not far from where Sitting Bull was born and died on the Standing Rock Indian Reservation. Not far from where thousands of buffalo were killed during the westward expansion of settlers and gold miners. In the bone yards of Tyrannosaurus rex and grizzly bears. Since farmers and ranchers populated this chunk of reservation land, real cowboys have been roping and branding and sheering and haying and harvesting.”-About John Lopez
And Lopez isn’t all business, either. He may be crazy busy, but the man still doesn’t take himself too seriously. He seems like a truly extraordinary guy.
All images property of John Lopez.