Public art exhibits on the Frozen In Life Botanicals Esplanade

BOSTON (WBZ NewsRadio) – With Boston at the end of winter, the Esplanade Association is hosting a public art exhibit that features flowers on ice for the weekend.

The public ice art exhibit, “Frozen in Life,” was created by artist Anna Thurber, who EA says honed a nuanced process for creating unique ice compositions with plants and photographed results for more than a decade.

“It’s a 40-piece botanical ice sculpture gallery. [Thurber] took plantings, flowers and blossoms from the Esplanade throughout the past year in high season, and froze them or hung them in ice,” said Michael Nichols, EA’s chief executive.

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According to the EA, their last two decades have been spent revitalizing the Charles River Esplanade, including collaborations with local artists who have done murals, light shows and music concerts in the past. . Nichols said the art enlivens the area, but also acts as a kind of graffiti deterrent.

But “Frozen in Life” comes in a class of its own, Nichols said.

“It’s something very different. We wanted to highlight the horticultural offerings in the park to comment on the fragility of the Esplanade’s flora in a time of climate change. Seeing the exhibits and sculptures in different states will really have a profound impact on members of the public,” Nichols said.

The exhibit was scheduled to run on Fiedler Field between March 18 and Sunday, March 20 as a free attraction.

WBZ’s Chris Fama (@CFamaWBZ) reports.

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