Charles River Esplanade Vernal Equinox 2022


Frozen in Life is a three-day open-air sculpture gallery at Fiedler Field on the Charles River Esplanade.

Commissioned by the Esplanade Association

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

Frozen in Life will be viewable daily 10am to 4pm, from March 18 – March 20, 2022.

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.

Esplanade Association Director of Park Operations

On his team’s work to care for the Esplanade
and his experience selecting botanicals with Anna

DCR Director of External Affairs & Partnerships

On DCR’s statewide impact, and its Charles River Vegetative Management Plan

Esplanade Association Programs & Sustainability Coordinator

On the Esplanade Association’s Climate Action Plan

Digital Concept and design by More Yum Studio (UK).

Sound and music crafted in response to Anna’s work by Martin Parker (UK).

Strategy & Logistics Specialist: Ted Carr 

Communications & Marketing Specialist: Kelly Courtney  

Commissioning body & hosts

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

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