Size: 19"W x 10"H x 2.7"D
Year Created: 2018
Ready to Hang
I stumbled across this neglected piece of pine while perusing the vast outdoor acreage of a salvage yard in the San Francisco bay area. A quick scratch of the surface, and I could see the brilliant potential of the protected golden grain, resting beneath what must be decades of exposure to the elements.
The contrast in colors reflects the difference in experiences that the different layers of wood have encountered, all the while sharing the same story and foundation
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!