It takes a certain type of genius to see a bunch of old parts as pieces of a puzzle ready to be completed. Where there is muck there is brass has never been more true. There is value in things that have finished their original purpose if only we can find a way to repurpose them. Machines tend to not work once they're finished with so their parts can be taken and used for something else. When the part is not worth reusing, do we scrap it or do we give it to an artist as free material? Possibly the modern day alchemy of making gold from lead, we can repurpose old metals and plastics into something of real value. Sometimes, all it takes is a bit of imagination.
John Lopez is a Dakota based sculpture artist who does exactly what we're talking about. He gets hold of various pieces of iron and metal from local farmers and ranch owners and uses them to build all kinds of wonderful creatures. A heavy-metal feel runs through these creations, as well as a smooth and aesthetic likeness to life.
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