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Jan 07 - 22 2023


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Rainforest Masks of Costa Rica

Explore the natural wonders of the tropical rainforest as depicted on the handcrafted masks of the Indigenous artists of Boruca, Costa Rica, on view in the Museum of Botany & the Arts from January 7-22, 2023. The cultural practice of mask-making honors the heritage of the Borucan people and reflects the strong connection they maintain with their beautiful natural environment.

The hundreds of spectacular masks on display abound with plants and animals, often intertwined in complex compositions that heighten the dimensionality of the works. Integrated with the masks on the walls are colorful graphics, based on actual artist sketches, which highlight the common motifs of the orchid, butterfly, hummingbird, frog, sloth, jaguar, and warrior.

Produced in partnership with Lucuma Designs.