The bull is named Valor which represents the red color in the American Flag. Bull’s blue eyebrow is made out of a torque converter. Lopez always uses these donut shaped pieces for the large mussel above the bison’s eye. Bull’s eye is made out of a painted ball hitch and his hip is made from, a plow disc, commonly used to plow ground before planting.
A red tractor seat was used to form the backend of the bison. The crown-like piece around the neck is at stripper header, used for combining wheat. Lopez uses these often to add some shine to his sculptures.The horns and hooves of all the bison of cast bronze sculptures.
Scattered throughout the bull, you’ll find personal tools from the late Milt Peterson, Founder of Peterson Companies, Developer of National Harbor.
Lopez used tractor chain to create the woolly-like appearance around the bull’s head and neck. The chain give the piece movement and texture.
The bull’s back features an eagle flying in front of an outline of the United States. The outline is surrounded by stars and stripes representing the American Flag.
Lopez begins all of his pieces by sculpting a miniature of the final product. That bronze sculpture is featured on the bull’s shoulder.