Sayaka Ganz and fellow artists Aurora Robson and Jim Merz built “Metamorphosis: From Reclaimed Plastics to Works of Art,” which is free with garden admission and runs through May 13. Each artist used discarded plastic to create something new and lively, meant to inspire and call attention to plastic pollution in a beautiful and nonconfrontational way.
“It’s intended to be a gentle awakening, in a way, to help raise awareness about plastic pollution and how we can be better stewards of the environment,” Robson said.
The largest piece in “Metamorphosis” is a 45-foot-tall installation titled “Arise.” Robson built it by welding together pieces of highway safety drums, creating LED-lit works that swirl with other sculpted plastic debris in a vortex rising toward the top of the floral display hall.
She also extended the garden’s koi pond, using recycled bottle caps to create a stream from the pond to the vortex. Garden visitors can add their own bottle caps to the stream.
---Omaha World-Herald, Jan 2018