Sayaka, Shinto and Sculptures!

This project week 6B have been studying the Artist and Sculptor, Sayaka Ganz, who predominantly associates herself with the country Japan. Sayaka’s work is inspirational and meaningful. Her work is reliant on plastic materials and waste that people have thrown away. She collects materials that will be useful for her sculptures, reclaims them and uses them in her Art, giving them a new sense of purpose. This is known as ‘upcycling’.

Japan’s most popular religion is Shinto, a belief that objects that are natural such as wind, rivers and trees have a soul and spiritual energy. Plastic in its own form does not have this energy, however if being upcycled, and reused in a positive manner, the plastic starts to gain a new spirit and purpose. Have a look at some of her work below and pay attention to how she has manipulated and used the plastic. The plastic is used is a fluid and chaotic way, also known as ‘Organic Form’.

Furthermore, Japan as a country has issues regarding recycling and sustainability. They produce wonderful products for people to use, but release a lot of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere, as well as waste. The children have looked at the link between recycled art and sustainability for the planet. They used plastic materials to create their own Sayaka Ganz inspired sculpture, which look amazing!!!

Tokyo turning eco: Japan is fully embracing sustainability for the Tokyo  2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games - Tokyo and Beyond: 2020

Well done 6B, absolutely loved the teamwork, communication and resilience you have shown to these sculptures. You have created something wonderful, and made a positive impact! Be proud!

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