Best of Boca 2020: Lifestyle and Art

Maren Hassinger tree of Knowledge Pearl City
Boca Raton Museum of Art

Maren Hassinger’s “Tree of Knowledge,” created last summer at the Boca Raton Museum of Art with help from local schoolchildren, consisted of countless tendrils of newspaper spiraling from the ceiling to the floor, hanging among strips of readable newsprint billowing under fans. There was a sense of perpetual motion in “Tree of Knowledge,” and with it the illusion of a pulse. The work ached to be physically explored, illuminating Hassinger’s status as a compassionate social ecologist whose materials are the embodiment of sustainability.