South Dakota-based artist John Lopez (previously featured here) creates awesome life-size sculptures of animals by welding together pieces of scrap metal, often pieces of abandoned farm machinery collected from local ranchers and farmers that he’s known since he was a kid. The creatures he creates are so lifelike that it’s hard to believe their myriad parts and pieces were ever used for anything else.

Visit John Lopez’s website, blog and Facebook page to check out more of his magnificent metalwork.

[via Twisted Sifter and]

There are silly hybrids, like this cameltoad.

There are some that are eerily beautiful in an odd sort of way…

There are some that come straight from your nightmares…

And there are many that are just plain grumpy.

It’s a perfect way to “waste” your afternoon.