The metal recycling industry encompasses a wide range of metals. The more frequently recycled metals are scrap steel, iron (ISS), lead, aluminium, copper, stainless steel and zinc. There are two main categories of metals: ferrous and non-ferrous. John Lopez, a sculptor from South Dakota, uses these metals to create life-sized sculptures worthy of a museum. He takes old discarded farm equipment and transforms them with a Western American twist, like the bison you see above. Continue reading for more.

Here’s what Lopez has to say:

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.