Extreme Recycling: Check Out This Amazing Scrap Metal Cowboy Art!

This here be some serious recycling, y’all! YEE-HAW! We’ve found some brilliant artwork from a fella called John Lopez for you. South Dakotan sculptor John makes seriously good – and seriously big – installations that represent the traditional American way of life. And all out of scrap metal. Yep, that’s right, the beautiful things you’re about to see are all made up of things that people have thrown away.

“My favorite part about these pieces is the texture,” says Lopez. “I just start grabbin’ stuff from the pile and welding it, in and if you weld enough of the same thing 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.”

Have a look, they’re really quite spectacular…

Ploughing Horse

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Bull (a work in progress)

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Cowboy on his horse

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Another magnificent bison

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A beautiful chrome horse

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Riding a triceratops!

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A sample of the kind of cool things that people discard that John uses in his work

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The ploughing horse tilling the land

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If you love John’s unique artwork as much as we do here, you can check out the rest of his stuff on his website. And if you’d like to help share his work, please feel free to share this post with people you know. That’d be might obligin’ of you, pardner.

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