Changing Tides at the Botanical Conservatory


Foellinger Freimann Botanical Conservatory


News release from Fort Wayne Parks and Recreation:

Changing Tides at the Botanical Conservatory

“Changing Tides” Winter Garden Exhibit
January 10 – April 5
This winter, the Botanical Conservatory invites internationally-known artist Sayaka Ganz to create an imaginative seascape in the midst of our lush Showcase Garden using recycled materials. Discarded everyday items such as plastic forks, knives and bowls are reborn with new purpose and meaning as the artist transforms them into colorful and lifelike sculptures of jellyfish, kelp, dolphins and coral reef.

Let the beauty of this ocean scene inspire you to do more than recycle waste items – consider their value and start upcycling. You can practice seeing the possibilities for yourself as you try your hand with “One Man’s Trash” in our hands-on Discovery Gallery.

“Changing Tides” seeks to provide visitors with a moving, dramatic, aesthetic experience while also inspiring guests to make Reduce/Reuse/Recycle a part of their daily lives. The exhibit and affiliated workshops are sponsored by the Auer Foundation, Arts United, Artlink, City of Fort Wayne Solid Waste, Allen County Solid Waste, IPFW, the University of St. Francis School of Creative Arts, WAJI and WLDE.


“Changing Tides” Art Opening – Free for Students!
Thursday, January 29, 5-8 pm
Meet local artist Sayaka Ganz and enjoy her colorful ocean-themed sculptures during a public reception in the Showcase Garden at the Botanical Conservatory. Ganz works almost exclusively with non-recyclable plastics that have been rescued from the waste stream, as a creative contribution to the health of our planet. Students will be admitted free with ID; all others: $5/adult, $3/age 3-17. Ages 2 and under free. For more information, call (260) 427-6440.


Creative Opportunities in Changing Tides
January-March at the Botanical Conservatory
Take advantage of the opportunities to enjoy and practice creativity at the Conservatory this winter during the “Changing Tides” exhibit. Learn more about the issues surrounding recycling and ways you can be a more responsible steward of our resources. And have fun while you learn and do! For full program descriptions go to

  • “Changing Tides” exhibit, commissioned artwork by Sayaka Ganz, January 10-April 5,
  • “Changing Tides” Art Opening, Thursday, January 29, 5-8 pm
  • “One Man’s Trash” interactive art lab – duration of exhibit
  • “What to Recycle” educational display – duration of exhibit
  • “I Would Change…” chalkboard project – duration of exhibit
  • Video response booth to Ganz work – duration of exhibit
  • “Re:Create – Upcycle Art” public event, Saturday, February 21, 10 am-3 pm
  • “Game Piece Chic” pre-registered class, Saturday, February 7, 2-3 pm
  • “Creative Sea Collage” pre-registered class, Saturdays, February 28, March 7 & 14, 1-3 pm
  • “Pinhole Camera Workshop” pre-registered class, Saturday, March 21, choice of 10:30 am-12:30 pm or 12:30-2:30 pm
  • Science Fun: Recycled Snow Globes, Saturday, January 17
  • Science Fun: What CAN a canister do?, Saturday, February 21
  • Family Garden Close-up: Rock On!, Saturday, January 24
  • Family Garden Close-up: Worms at Work, Saturday, February 28

For more information, contact the Conservatory at (260) 427-6440. To register for classes, call (260) 427-6000 or visit


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