Utah artist creates art from junk — and sells it all over the world

LEWISTON, Cache County — Malen Pierson grabs a rusty wrench from a pile of similarly oxidized junk and moves it deftly into place. After a couple of blinding flashes from the welding torch, it is no longer a wrench, but the side of a goat’s face.

The metal goat sculpture’s face is one of Pierson’s most popular pieces among his found-metal art — an art form he helped pioneer and popularize.

Pierson has been a professional, full-time artist for more than 20 years. His work has been purchased by a who’s-who list of celebrities that includes Johnny Depp, Queen Latifah, Robert Redford and Martha Stewart and can be found for sale in galleries across the world.

Many of…

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