With all the trash people generate killing animals at roadsides and out in the ocean, it's poignant to see artists recycling some of that potential garbage into representations of the creatures it might otherwise have put at risk.
Sayaka Kajita Ganz, "Emergence"
Japanese-born artist Sayaka Kajita Ganz
scours her home of Fort Wayne, Indiana, for plastic utensils
, toys, metal pieces, and other discarded objects that she can give "a second life, a new home" through her sculptures.
"I only select objects that have been used and discarded. The human history behind these objects gives them life in my eyes," she writes on her Web site. "My goal is for each object to transcend its origins by being integrated into an animal form that seems alive."
Photo via Sayaka Kajita Ganz