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"Changing Tides"

Winter Garden Exhibit, January 10-April 5

This winter, the Conservatory has invited internationally-known artist Sayaka Ganz to install 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, transformed by the artist into colorful and lifelike sculptures of jellyfish, kelp, dolphins and coral reef. You can practice seeing the possibilities for yourself as you try your hand with “one man’s trash” in our hands-on Discovery Gallery. Let the beauty of this ocean scene inspire you to do more than recycle waste items – consider their value and start upcycling.

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$1 Nights
February 5, 2015
5-8 pm

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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!  

  • “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 
  • “Deep Sea 3D” SOCA Student Art Display, March 6-15 

“Changing Tides” Art Opening – Free for Students!

Thursday, January 29, 5-8 pm

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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.



Changing Tides is sponsored by the Auer Foundation, Arts United, Artlink, City of Fort Wayne Solid Waste, Allen County Solid Waste, the University of St. Francis School of Creative Arts, Magee-O’Connor Foundation, Wilson Foundation, IPFW, Cancer Services of Northeast Indiana, WAJI 95.1 Best FM, and WLDE Fun 101.7. 

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Foellinger-Freimann Botanical Conservatory
1100 South Calhoun Street
Fort Wayne, IN 46802
(260) 427-6440


Tuesday - Saturday 10am - 5pm
Thursday 10am - 8pm
Sunday Noon - 4pm
Closed: Mondays, Christmas Day, New Year's Day

Holiday Hours:

Thanksgiving: 4pm - 8pm; Black Friday: 10 am-8 pm 
Christmas Eve and New Year's Eve: 10 am -5 pm 


Adults $5
Children (ages 3-17) $3
Age 2 and under Free