~~ Steel Skeleton.
The reclaimed metal for this piece is the leftovers when parts are cut out of the steel plate. This scrap sheet of metal is called a skeleton and is usually sent back to the mill to be recycled. I received this piece two years ago and it sat unused until another art project was requested the use of this material. The left over scrap was destined to the recycle bin until I saw the now back piece resting against an old chair base.
The metal itself, rusted and irregular, was only ground down to expose areas for clean welds and in places show what the skeleton looked like the day it left the cutting table. The bolts were found at an auction and saved from a scrapper who just wanted the cost of the metal. The Mahogany feet that the steel skeleton rests upon serve to define the base of the chair and protect the floor from the raw metal.
The chair has no protective coating. If exposed to the elements it will continue to rust, building a patina that defines its age as the years pass. Quite possibly outliving the farm equipment parts that where carved out of its bones.