Size: 19"W x 13"H x 3"D
Year Created: 2018
Ready to Hang
Last summer I had the privilege to spend some time at the infamous Camp 4 with a good friend of mine who works for the Yosemite NPS Search and Rescue division. After 4 days of climbs, hikes, swims, and campfire connections, I realized that I could not not incorporate this special place into my art project.
The result is this Half Dome piece in the Yosemite series.
I found this particular piece while walking around my grandfather's friend's property in Sonoma, California. A roughly 400 year old Live Oak had suffered disease and fallen during one of last winter's storms - I left the bark as an outline, which resembles a cumulus cloudland developing in the high sierra and draws attention to the face of Half Dome.
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!