The Incredible Scrap Metal Animal Sculptures of John Lopez

Sculptor John Lopez was born and raised on a ranch in Western South Dakota. In the midst of a successful career in bronze sculpting, Lopez discovered an exciting new direction: scrap iron sculpting. “I am never bored! I look forward to each new creation, and it is helping me grow and develop as an artist,” he says. As he John explains on his website: “This unusual detour started when his beloved aunt, Effie Hunt, died in a rollover car accident. Lopez moved to his widowed Uncle Geno Hunt’s ranch to build a family cemetery; his aunt would to be the first laid to rest there. Uncle Geno opened his home and welding shop to Lopez, who completed a fence around the cemetery, then ran out of material. The ranch is 35 miles from the nearest town or post office, so he went looking through the scrap iron on site. After some experimentation, he finished a gate into the cemetery, and then made a small angel peering over the top of the gate. The project gave him much personal satisfaction, and everyone who saw it was amazed at the result. A new career path was born in that cemetery. Not wanting to depart from his bronze casting expertise, John found a way to merge the two art forms into a new hybrid sculpture of everyday objects mixed with limited edition bronze castings. Hybrid Metal Art, a sculptural fusion of figurative and funk, a blend of iron and bronze."

Metallic Strip Animal Sculptures by Sung Hoon Kang

Artist Sung Hoon Kang‘s stunning animal sculptures embody the movement, speed, and chaotic energy of the wind. Though static structures, each of his pieces seem to come alive as metal strips are transformed into muscles and motion that flow in the wind. Kang’s talent is apparent within his artwork, releasing raw energy from the flowing materials. The sculptures are time-consuming and labour-intensive projects as dozens of individual strips of metal are welded into fixed forms. Varying the length and thickness of the metal, Kang creates the lifelike illusions of skin, fur, and hair; and stainless steel is converted into lustrous claws and teeth. From the playful seal to prideful lion, all of his animal structures contain a sense of dynamism that belies their unmoving nature.

Artist Turns Scrap Metal Into Animals

Today we want to show you really amazing sculptures made from metal by JK Brown. “I live in rural West Wales. This peaceful part of the country is known for being a precious habitat for its native wildlife, which is of constant inspiration to me. For as long as I can remember I have loved to watch animals (especially in the wild) and for as long as I can remember I have been drawing, making and creating as a way of celebrating the beauty of nature. Often when I’m out walking I pick up fragments of metal that have been thrown away. Sometimes fly-tipped or washed up on beaches, I patiently reassemble these pieces into monuments to the natural world around me: a habitat that is becoming increasingly fragmented. I find that my own process of reversing this fragmentation is, for me, a calming antidote to the madness of endless consumption.”

Surreal Animal Sculptures by Wang Ruilin

In the series of sculptures titled “Dreams” Chinese sculptor Wang Ruilin creates surreal animals that don’t act like animals at all. Their backs, and sometimes their antlers, function as arcs that carry monumental elements of nature like lakes and mountain cliffs. “Leaving individuals behind is painful”, admits the 29-year old sculptor, but it allows us to reduce confusion and see the value and force of life. Ruilin’s copper sculptures are the result of Eastern classical painting and imagery that’s been combined with past experiences. He recalls a life-changing incident when, at the age of 4 or 5, he encountered a painting of a horse by the artist Xu Beihong. He became obsessed with the vigorous animal and has ever since identified with it. The artist describes his creative process as digging deep into his heart and excavating “works that originally exist from various experiences.”

Polygonal Animal Statues by Ben Foster

Today we want to show you some really amazing sculptures that differ from the rest and not thanks to their hyper-realism. They’re polygonal. The author of these amazing animal sculptures is artist Ben Foster. He describes his works as “a culmination of the natural and the manmade – a careful balance of form and motion”. What do you think about such vision of sculpting? Waiting for your comments.