Size: 20"W x 14"H x 2"D
Year Created: 2018
Ready to Hang
The inspiration for this piece came from Ocean Beach, San Francisco. This particular beach is infamously known for its capacity to hold up to 25-foot surf without jeopardizing the quality of the waves that break along its sandbars. Regardless of of whether one spends much time in the water or not, the Ocean commands attention and deserves reverence, especially during the rare moments of perfection.
This piece of reclaimed redwood was sourced from Heritage Salvage in Petaluma, CA.
I chose "A - Frame" as the title to bring out the sub-culture that is surfing. Ask any wandering wave rider and they will know what you mean when you say, "Yeewww, look at that A - frame!" But for the rest of society, the simple definition is a wave that is breaking in both directions, offering the ultimate dilemma: "Which way do I go?"
Gabriel Leoni grew up in the agricultural Central Valley of California where he frequently escaped the flatlands to visit Nature's masterpieces that surround that area from the Sierra Nevada mountains to the Central Coast. This project reflects the energy of the oceans and mountains that he has grown to revere. By sharing these pieces he hopes to evoke a sense of stewardship for wild lands, fragile ecosystems, and natural phenomena. All of the reclaimed wood used for these pieces has been locally sourced from the SF Bay Area, where he shows most of the pieces, including places like Javabeach Cafe, TechShop SF, and Sunset Reservoir Brewery. He currently lives near Ocean Beach in San Francisco, where much of the inspiration for his ocean series comes from. Over the past 3 years, his apartment's backyard has transformed to a built-out woodworking station, complemented by a recently planted garden. Enjoy these sculptures from some of his favorite scenes!