Born and raised on a ranch in western South Dakota, John Lopez already had a successful career as a bronze sculptor when he stumbled into the art form of welded statues. The story begins with a tragedy.
After the loss of a beloved aunt, Lopez went to his widowed uncle’s ranch to build a family cemetery where his aunt would be the first to be interred. While building the cemetery gate, he ran out of material and visited a nearby scrap yard to find more. Lopez used the metal he found to weld a beautiful gate and an angel for the cemetery.
The experience lead him to do more welded artworks, and his pieces are now featured all across the nation. Lopez has compiled pictures of his works and the stories of their construction in his new coffee table book.
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