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Works by Sayaka Ganz  

May 13 through 28, 2018
9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily 


Metamorphosis has been extended through May 28 featuring the works of Sayaka Ganz.   


About the exhibition:    

Millions of pieces of plastic find their way into landfills and watersheds every year, causing harm and producing pollution to both wildlife and human beings. This winter and spring, Lauritzen Gardens will present an exhibit constructed of found, recycled and reused plastic objects. Equal parts artistic and educational, this exhibit will feature fine art, accompanied by a message of environmental stewardship and will change the way that you see plastic. Sayaka Ganz will show how beautiful reclaimed materials can be. As Ganz says, "When we think of these things as beautiful, we value them. If we value our resources we will waste less."  


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The H. Lee and Carol Gendler Charitable Fund  


Teri and Ron Quinn  





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Sayaka Ganz was born in Yokohama, Japan and grew up living in Japan, Brazil, and Hong Kong. She received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree at Indiana University Bloomington and continued to create welded sculptures of animal forms independently. In 2008 she received a Master of Fine Arts degree in sculpture from Bowling Green State University (BGSU) in Bowling Green, Ohio.  

Using reclaimed metal and plastic objects as materials, Sayaka's recent sculptures depict animals in motion with rich colors and energy. She describes her style as "3D impressionist", creating an illusion of solid form using plastic objects as brush strokes that become visible upon observation from close proximity. Her recent exhibitions include: "Danze Della Natura" - solo exhibition at the Hermann Geiger Foundation in Cecina, Italy, "Feng Shui ~ Wind and Water" - solo exhibition in the Isle Gallery, Isle of Man, and "Changing Tides" - solo exhibition at the Foellinger-Freimann Botanical Conservatory in Fort Wayne, Indiana.  

Her belief is that it is very difficult to think far into the future in terms of our ecological foot print. So often our predictions are wrong, and there are not guarantees for anyone's future. She does not want to condemn the use of plastic or our desire for a more convenient, easier life. However, we must be aware that convenience has hidden costs. She feels that the best way for artists to help reduce waste is to show how beautiful these materials can be, and what can be done with these mundane objects and materials. When we think of these things as beautiful, we value them. If we value our resources we will waste less. For more about Sayaka Ganz, visit  




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