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John Lopez, who lives along the Grand River in northwestern South Dakota builds some of the most incredible art out of metal scraps given to him by local residents.
“I collect the iron from local ranchers and farmers I knew as a kid,” John told Awesome Jelly. “My family and friends are more than happy to help out… I get my ideas from my life, the ranch, our history here, the animals around our area.”
His welding art studio called John Lopez Studio is located in Lemmon, South Dakota – not far from where the famous Native American chief Sitting Bull died at on Standing Rock Indian Reservation. His creations are a product of his environment.
He sculpts beautiful things like buffalo standing in the wind, a cowboy riding a horse that’s rearing up, a bear standing up on its back feet, things like wolfs, bulls, trees, deer, and even a cowboy riding a triceratops. The artwork is incredibly stunning with aesthetic details and old trinkets that have merged into masterpieces.