Maren Hassinger: Tree of Knowledge



Tree of Knowledge involved a residency with sculptor and performance artist Maren Hassinger, who created an installation inspired by Boca Raton’s Pearl City neighborhood and the Banyan tree that became a historical marker in this community settled by African-Americans.  The artist worked with the public in rolling newspapers in community-based story-telling sessions to form the aerial roots of a vast “Tree of Knowledge” and was installed from the ceiling in the Museum’s main gallery. The entrance to the special exhibition galleries housed a second project of inflated pink plastic bags that completely covered the wall surfaces.