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Hill City, South Dakota: Horse with Spoon Nose

Horse made up of discarded metal fragments and objects: a wrench, a shovel head, even an ax head, by John Lopez. A spoon is welded on the horse's nose.

U.S. Hwy 385, Hill City, SD
On U.S. 385/Main St., just south of Elm Street.
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Junk Metal Sculpture

The "junk metal" horse is a work by artist John Lopez. He is one of the sculptors of some of the presidential statues in downtown Rapid City. There are works of his all over the state: two in Lemmon (his hometown), the horse in Hill City, and two in Rapid City: a gorgeous buffalo near the Dakota Steakhouse and a pronghorn head at the South Dakota Game Fish and Parks complex. His work is very, very cool.

[Laural Bidwell, 10/16/2015]

John Lopez is an accomplished sculptor. His metal animals, often made of old farm machine parts, do set the "junk art" bar very high.


Ornate Junk Metal Horse

In Hill City, a scrap metal donkey and another horse have been added.

[Diane, 06/06/2014]

Ornate horse.

Ornate Junk Metal Horse

You can find the horse across the street from the Hill City Cafe, at the intersection of Elm St and Main St.

[Allee, 07/08/2011]

Horse sculpture.

Ornate Junk Metal Horse

Spotted this metal horse driving through Hill City. It's a horse, but it's made up of different metal things. There's a wrench, shovel head, even an ax head.

Also look for a tired buffalo statue at Railroad Avenue.

[SteveC, 12/19/2009]

Nearby Offbeat Places

Black Hills Institute - DinosaursBlack Hills Institute - Dinosaurs, Hill City, SD - < 1 mi.
30-Foot-Tall Smokey Bear30-Foot-Tall Smokey Bear, Hill City, SD - < 1 mi.
Crazy Horse MemorialCrazy Horse Memorial, Crazy Horse, SD - 7 mi.
In the region:
Statue #39: Jimmy Carter, Rapid City, SD - 20 mi.

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