vernal
equinox 22

charles river
esplanade

Introduction image
Boston, MA
March 2022
42 ° 21 ’ 20.2273 ” N
-71 ° 04 ’ 51.8747 ” W

A three-day   open-air sculpture gallery at Fiedler Field  on the Charles River Esplanade  in honor of the Vernal Equinox 2022. 

Visitors to this outdoor gallery will experience the breadth and beauty of the Esplanade’s plant species through 40+ sculptures created by Weston-based artist Anna Thurber.

Three seasons of Esplanade plants, all handpicked by the artist in 2021, are suspended in the ice, encouraging contemplation, conversation, and appreciation for the Esplanade’s plant biodiversity.

Frozen in Life was free and open to the public and was created in partnership with the Massachusetts Department of Conservation & Recreation. 

It is our goal that, through experiencing Anna’s unique techniques, guests develop the perspective of noticing the nuances of our environment, and our emotional connections to it. We are here on the weekend of the vernal equinox to experience this thawing together, and celebrate the triumph of spring over winter.

Mostly, we hope guests will have gained a deeper appreciation of the biological diversity and beauty of the natural environment on the Charles River Esplanade.

JIM DOYLE, ESPLANADE ASSOCIATION DIRECTOR OF PARK OPERATIONS

JENNIFER NORWOOD, DCR DIRECTOR OF EXTERNAL AFFAIRS & PARTNERSHIPS

COMMISSIONING BODY & HOSTS

Frozen in Life at the Charles River Esplanade 2022 was proudly commissioned by the Esplanade Association

Digital Concept and design
More Yum Studio

Sound and music
Crafted in response to Anna’s work by Martin Parker

Strategy & Logistics Specialist
Ted Carr 

Communications & Marketing Specialist
Kelly Courtney  

Section II

the
exhibition

Vernal Equinox ’22 Charles River Esplanade

Visitors are invited to explore the artwork via the QR codes on the pedestals for further information. 

The artwork was displayed on a set of pedestals along the Charles River Esplanade, relating back to the origins of the flora Anna harvested throughout the year.

Section III

the
artwork

Vernal Equinox ’22 Charles River Esplanade

The artwork displayed was varied, engaging, colorful, surprising and showcased the Charles River Esplanade through the year, from spring to autumn.

Section IV

the
audience

Vernal Equinox ’22 Charles River Esplanade

The audience was asked to participate and share their emotions and stories relating to the artwork on display.

Anonymous
April 2, ’22 05:55PM
I Feel

The light shines through, it makes me happy on a cold spring day!

happy

Anonymous
March 20, ’22 12:04noon
I Feel

thought

ful

Anonymous
March 20, ’22 04:11PM
I Feel

Unusual

thought

ful

Anonymous
March 20, ’22 11:55AM
I Feel

I am a fan What an amazing presentation of your beautiful growing season of 2021 Bravo Anna

light

hearted

Anonymous
March 20, ’22 01:18PM
I Feel

I can smell them! My mom always brought them to me freshly cut with a damp paper towel around them!

happy

Anonymous
March 20, ’22 11:52AM
I Feel

Gives Hope to the courage of the Ukraine 💙💛🌻 a year later

melan

cholic

Anonymous
March 20, ’22 11:53AM
I Feel

A Beautiful Dream

nostalgic

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what do

you feel?

A considerable part of Anna’s practice is to understand the impact of her floral compositions on people’s inner worlds.

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