About Frozen in Life
March 18 – 20, 2022
Over 3,500 visitors celebrated the first days of Spring at the Esplanade Association’s public art installation: Frozen in Life, by artist Anna Thurber, open 10am – 4pm from Friday, March 18 through Sunday, March 20 at Fiedler Field on the Esplanade. Frozen in Life was commissioned by the Esplanade Association, in partnership with the Massachusetts Department of Conservation & Recreation.
Visitors experienced the breadth and beauty of the Esplanade’s plant species through the lens of artist Anna Thurber’s botanical ice sculptures. Three seasons of Esplanade plants, all handpicked by the artist in 2021, were suspended in ice, encouraging contemplation, conversation, and appreciation for the Esplanade’s plant biodiversity.
Each of the more than 40 sculptures showcased a selection of plants from the Esplanade, carefully placed in dynamic arrangements that instantly evoke the rhythm of the seasons. From Spring’s first buds, to the bright blooms of Summer, to Autumn’s colorful leaves, Anna’s sculptures took viewers on a journey through dozens of the Esplanade’s plant species – each perfectly encapsulated in solid ice.
Learn more, enjoy accompanying content, and find deeper engagement with the exhibition at www.FrozeninLife.com.
About the Artist
For over a decade, artist Anna Thurber has refined a nuanced process of creating unique ice compositions with botanicals and photographing the results. Her work lives between sculpture, performance, and photography.
“The lifecycle of flowers animates me and drives me to document the process as I capture the flowers, seed pods, full blooms, and spent petals. The temporary nature of the pieces I create is essential to the process. My time and energy are reduced to a pool of water and soggy stems, mirroring the rhythm of the seasons.”
Learn more about Anna and explore more of her work at www.AnnaThurber.com.
Commissioning Body: Esplanade Association
Project Site: Fiedler Field on the Charles River Esplanade, Boston
Artist: Anna Thurber
Project Partner: Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation
Strategy & Logistics Specialist: Ted Carr
Communications & Marketing Specialist: Kelly Courtney