Recycled Art Flies High in Fort Wayne

By Eric Olson

June 18, 2010 Updated Jan 21, 2009 at 4:11 PM EST

FORT WAYNE, Indiana (Indiana's NewsCenter)--THERE’S SOMETHING NEW AT FORT WAYNE’S BOTANICAL CONSERVATORY. IT’S NOT GREEN…IT DOESN’T GROW….BUT IT DOES FLY.

Sayaka: For some artists I think art is painful. But for me it’s all about the joy of putting things together.

FORT WAYNE ARTIST SAYAKA GANZ HAS PUT SOMETHING TOGETHER THAT IS REALLY VERY COOL…A FLOCK OF PENGUINS, OR ROOKERY OF PENGUINS..NOT FLYING, BUT DIVING INTO WATER…EACH TRAILED BY ITS OWN STREAM OF BUBBLES. A CLOSER LOOK REVEALS NOT FEATHERS AND FLESH…BUT SPOONS, SPATULAS, COMBS AND OTHER ASSORTED PLASTIC PIECES. OBJECTS TOTALLY UNRELATED, BROUGHT TOGETHER INTO ONE DAZZLING HARMONIOUS WHOLE.

Sayaka: So this way of working like puzzle, and finding these odd plastic objects and figuring out where it can fit in, that gives me great pleasure.

THE BASEMENT OF GANZ’S HOME IS PACKED WITH TUBS OF OLD PLASTIC OBJECTS SHE COLLECTS FROM PLACES LIKE GOODWILL AND THE SALVATION ARMY…

Sayaka: Forks, I love forks..good for feathers good for feet. I think I do what I do because I see feet when I see fork.

GANZ WAS BORN IN JAPAN BUT GLOBETROTTED AS A CHILD, LIVING IN BRAZIL, HONGKONG, AMERICA…ALWAYS THE ODD MAN OUT.

Sayaka: I felt left out, like I didn’t always know what was going on around me because of the language barrier.

SHE THINKS THAT’S WHY HER ART APPEALS TO HER…FINDING A PLACE FOR ODD PIECES TO FIT IN…A PLACE WHERE THEY CAN BELONG. OH, IF YOU VISIT THE BOTANICAL CONSERVATORY WATCH OUT FOR THE MOUNTAIN LION…HE’S PLASTIC, BUT FORMIDABLE. YOU’LL ALSO FIND SOME OTHER GANZ PIECES…A TERRIFIC FISH…AND SOME METAL SCULPTURES, WROUGHT BY JOINING TOGETHER ODDS AND ENDS OF IRON AND STEEL. THE PRODUCTS OF AN INVENTIVE MIND WITH AN ARTISTIC BENT…THAT HAS FINALLY FOUND HER PLACE, OUT IN ‘YOUR COUNTRY’. THIS IS ERIC OLSON REPORTING.




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