Meet the Waterfire Fleet of Boats

In honor of the first WaterFire of the 2015 season (TONIGHT!),  we give you this cool video and a little intro to one of the coolest waterfront activities in RI.

If you’re not from Rhody (shame! Poor you!!) or nearby Mass or CT. areas, maybe you have never heard of this amazing Rhode Island phenomenon called WaterFire. The state has embraced this “art installation” by Brown U and RISD (RI School of Design) graduate, Barnaby Evans, since 1994.

The Waterfire website puts it so perfectly I, I need to share directly their description of the amazing event that goes on about 10-15 times throughout the summer months, lining 3 rivers in Providence with 100 fire pits lit and fed by official volunteers in boats.

WaterFire® is a work of art that involves movement, participation and surprise. When visitors encounter WaterFire, they cannot absorb the sculpture from just their sense of sight or even from a single vantage point—they must walk through the installation and they must use all five of their senses. WaterFire is full of motion—throughout the night the firetenders stoke the fires, the boats glide past the flames, the rivers flow quietly beneath the braziers, the sparks whirl through the night air, and the flickering flames reflect off the dark surface of the water, animating the architectural fabric of the city.

With a serious fleet of boats to support the work that needs to be done to create/ maintain and feed the fires, Waterfire made the cool video above to give some insight into this watery operation. Other cities have invited Evans to bring his installation to town. But here in Rhode Island we consider it our own! Come check it out. First fires are lit at sunset. A full schedule for the season can be found here. Or maybe we’ll just see you there tonight!


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