Providence on Fire


WaterFire was born in 1994, when Rhode Island artist Barnaby Evans was commissioned to do a piece celebrating Providence’s 10th First Night event. An utterly unique installation, WaterFire lives on the three rivers that intersect in downtown Providence and now consists of 97 braziers that are lit and tended to by torch-bearers who float along in four boats (which are classically named: Daedalus, Prometheus, Icarus and Athena). Considered a vital part of downtown Providence’s renaissance, WaterFire is now an ongoing installation with lightings happening weekly through September. Community-oriented events – including concerts, readings and other cultural happenings – now use WaterFire as a backdrop. DWR will honor this Providence institution on September 16, when Evans will give a presentation at our Providence Studio, followed by a ceremonial lighting from DWR CEO Ray Brunner.