charles riverBoston, MA
March 202242 ° 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
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.
The artwork displayed was varied, engaging, colorful, surprising and showcased the Charles River Esplanade through the year, from spring to autumn.
Discover the different artworks that were exhibited
The audience was asked to participate and share their emotions and stories relating to the artwork on display.
The light shines through, it makes me happy on a cold spring day!
I am a fan What an amazing presentation of your beautiful growing season of 2021 Bravo Anna
I can smell them! My mom always brought them to me freshly cut with a damp paper towel around them!
Gives Hope to the courage of the Ukraine 💙💛🌻 a year later
A Beautiful Dream
A considerable part of Anna’s practice is to understand the impact of her floral compositions on people’s inner worlds.