WaterFire, is an environmental art installation created by Barnaby Evans in the downtown Providence, Rhode Island. Since 1994 it is repeatedly presented on selected evenings during the summer months. It consists of a series of 100 bonfires that blaze just above the surface of the three rivers that pass through the middle of downtown Providence, with acompaniyng music selected from the eclectic pool of classical and world music.
WaterFires in front of the Memorial Park in downtown Providence, Rhode Island
The string of fires illuminates nearly two-thirds of a mile of urban public spaces and parks, and residents and visitors gather to stroll along the river banks. The fires are tended from sunset to past midnight by black-clad performers in boats who pass quietly before the flames.
WaterFire is an experience that surrounds viewers on all sides and impacts all five senses. The crackling flames, the fragrant scent of blazing cedar and pine, the flickering firelight on the arched bridges, the silhouettes of the firetenders floating by in their torch-lit vessels, and the extraordinary music from around the world engage all of the senses and evoke unique emotions from the many thousands who come to stroll along the river walks.