This Sculpture was made in 2000 while I was living at the Cheetah Conservation Fund in Namibia, near the town of Otjiwarongo. To make this sculpture I used a spool 18 Gauge wire that I found on top of the chicken coop, and some 1/2 inch re-bar that I found lying around. I made this piece in 22 days, the only tools I had were a Vise, a pair of fencing pliers, and a hacksaw.
The spool of wire was quite rusted, and I was covered with rust (or oxidized steel), hence the title of this sculpture. The genus name of the Cheetah, Acinonyx, means “no-move-claw” in Greek, while the species name, jubatus, means “maned” in Latin, a reference to the mane found in cheetah cubs