Gustav’s training and personal developement have led him to believe that humans surpass bio- logical processes by creating. The desire to create is the vehicle by which we, as humans, extend our minds and souls beyond the limits of our physical selves. Through the material and creation of the work, Gustav considers the complexities of the cycle of life. He recognizes the truth that we function by the stars and by the heavens, not the reverse. He parallels the ephemeral nature of wood to the experience of life and asks the viewer to consider the stages of life that are often overlooked by society. Gustav Reyes has a deep appreciation for nature’s beauty and rather than working against the grain, he works with it.