New Mexico Museum of Natural History & Science

Sayaka Ganz- Reclaimed Creations Opens At Museum

January 10, 2019


For Immediate Release: December 13, 2019 (Albuquerque, New Mexico) – A new temporary exhibit will open at the New Mexico Museum of Natural History & Science on January 10, 2020. The exhibit titled, “Sayaka Ganz- Reclaimed Creations,” features sculptures made of discarded and reclaimed household objects. Many of the sculptures are made using common items such as spatulas, spoons, plastic hangers and cooking utensils.

“Sayaka Ganz- Reclaimed Creations,” depicts a variety of animals rich in color and energy that create an illusion of form. The exhibit features dramatic works of art like Nanami, a whale made of recycled and reclaimed objects. Nanami means Seven Seas in Japanese. The artist, originally from Japan, classifies her work as “three dimensional impressionism.”

Margie Marino, New Mexico Museum of Natural History & Science Executive Director says, “the proliferation of waste that cannot be recycled is catching up with all of us, prompting creative and thoughtful problem-solving that these beautiful sculptures inspire.”

“If we think of these plastic items as valuable we will naturally waste less,” says Ganz. The exhibit will be open at the New Mexico Museum of Natural History & Science from January 10 through May 17, 2020. The exhibit will be included with regular admission to the Museum.

The artist hopes to bring more of the natural world into urban areas. “When we encounter the true wonders of nature, the beauty we behold transcends our intellects and reaches directly to our hearts.” She hopes her work will provoke a re-examination of our relationship to the natural world”, says Ganz

All of Ganz’ sculptures are made with reclaimed plastic objects. Ganz says,” I hope that the use of discarded plastics in my sculptures will help raise awareness about pollution, and I believe that everything that exists on Earth needs to be returned to the Earth with or without human intervention.”

The beauty and importance of nature is also emphasized in a new 3D film coming the Museum in the New Year. The Dyna Theater will begin showing “Hidden Pacific. Hidden Pacific profiles the Pacific Ocean’s Protected National Wildlife Refuge Islands and Marine National Monuments. “Hidden Pacific” was produced by Tandem Stills + Motion in cooperation with the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service and affiliated organizations. The film is distributed by Giant Screen Films and D33D Cinema. Themes throughout the film include conservation, plastic pollution, climate change and other environmental threats.

On Saturday, January 11 the Museum will also hold a jewelry making workshop with recycled materials at the Museum from 10 a.m. till 2 p.m. The event will be open to the public. Visit  for more information.

“Reclaimed Creations” is produced by David J. Wagner, L.L.C. (David Wagner, Ph.D., Curator/Tour Director.) For more details about the traveling exhibit visit


Image: Photo courtesy of Valentino Ragozzino


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The New Mexico Museum of Natural History & Science is a division of the Department of Cultural Affairs, under the leadership of the Board of Trustees of the New Mexico Museum of Natural History & Science. Programs and exhibits are generously supported by the New Mexico Museum of Natural History Foundation, through the generous support of donors.

Established in 1986, the mission of the New Mexico Museum of Natural History & Science is to preserve and interpret the distinctive natural and scientific heritage of our state through extraordinary collections, research, exhibits, and programs designed to ignite a passion for lifelong learning. The NMMNHS offers exhibitions, programs and workshops in Geoscience, including Paleontology and Mineralogy, Bioscience and Space Science. It is the Southwest’s largest repository for fossils and includes a Planetarium and a large format 3D DynaTheater.

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