Sayaka Ganz: Reclaimed Creations

Exhibition open May 28 through Sept. 5 | Complimentary with Zoo admission

Using reclaimed plastic objects to explore our relationship with the natural world, Sayaka Ganz’s sculptures depict animals in motion with rich colors and energy. She describes her style as “3D impressionism,” creating an illusion of form using plastic objects as brush strokes that become visible upon closer observation.

 Ganz was born in Yokohama, Japan and grew up living in Japan, Brazil and Hong Kong.  She received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Indiana University Bloomington and continued to create welded sculptures of animal forms independently. This exhibit is in its fifth year of touring across the United States, and a number of Ganz’s sculptures are permanently installed in locations around the world today.  

 “One of the important tasks for artists of our time is to bring more of the natural world back into people’s lives, especially in urban areas,” Ganz says. “When we encounter the true wonders of nature, the beauty we behold transcends our intellects and reaches directly to our hearts. I desire a similar response from viewers of my work to provoke a re-examination of our relationship to the natural world.”

 Access to the exhibition is included with Zoo admission. 

 Sayaka Ganz: Reclaimed Creations is produced by David J. Wagner, L.L.C., David J. Wagner, Ph.D., Curator/Tour Director.


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