• Andrew Anselmo

What a thrilling evening!

My first trip to Providence from the deep south of Clemson, SC. This is my first WaterFire - what a thrilling evening of food, people and yellow “Standing on the side of love” Couldn’t have said it any better.

A visitor from South Carolina, age 62

2014-07-03T13:59:50+00:00

A visitor from South Carolina, age 62

My first trip to Providence from the deep south of Clemson, SC. This is my first WaterFire – what a thrilling evening of food, people and yellow “Standing on the side of love” Couldn’t have said it any better.

Primal tribal… a wonderful experience.

Fourth time here - my husband loved Waterfire - brought him in a wheelchair for the 2012 Christmas WaterFire. Now I’m here, enjoying it for both of us. Thanks!

A visitor from Massachusetts, age 61

2014-07-03T14:20:54+00:00

A visitor from Massachusetts, age 61

Fourth time here – my husband loved Waterfire – brought him in a wheelchair for the 2012 Christmas WaterFire. Now I’m here, enjoying it for both of us. Thanks!

Inspirational

Motivates me to be a better person and do good things for others.

A visitor from California, age 16

2014-07-03T14:22:50+00:00

A visitor from California, age 16

Motivates me to be a better person and do good things for others.

Awesome Event

The smell of the fire and the music. The beauty of it all, so inspiring.

A visitor from New York, age 56

2014-07-03T15:54:58+00:00

A visitor from New York, age 56

The smell of the fire and the music. The beauty of it all, so inspiring.

One of the most beautiful experiences I have ever had.

I’m only 17, but I’m planning to have my honeymoon in Providence after seeing the beauty of the city! Good Job!

A visitor from New York, age 17

2014-07-03T15:55:58+00:00

A visitor from New York, age 17

I’m only 17, but I’m planning to have my honeymoon in Providence after seeing the beauty of the city! Good Job!

Magic and wonder…

reminds me how to see the world with the delight of a child’s eye again. Thank you.

A visitor from Pennsylvania, age 57

2014-07-03T16:04:48+00:00

A visitor from Pennsylvania, age 57

reminds me how to see the world with the delight of a child’s eye again. Thank you.

Thank you Providence!

Never seen a place where so many people can gather with such peace and tranquility!

An anonymous visitor, age 20

2014-07-03T16:25:03+00:00

An anonymous visitor, age 20

Never seen a place where so many people can gather with such peace and tranquility!

This seems amazing!

We are so grateful to be here! Community can accomplish amazing things which alone cannot be done.

Visitors from Manchester, MA. Ages 15, 16, 17, and 18.

2014-07-03T16:42:20+00:00

Visitors from Manchester, MA. Ages 15, 16, 17, and 18.

We are so grateful to be here! Community can accomplish amazing things which alone cannot be done.

It was so nice.

I like the music. I liked the bonfires on the river. Seeing it was mesmerizing, beautiful. I liked that people handed out flowers.

A visitor from Massachusetts, age 11.

2014-07-03T16:45:37+00:00

A visitor from Massachusetts, age 11.

I like the music. I liked the bonfires on the river. Seeing it was mesmerizing, beautiful. I liked that people handed out flowers.

Wonderful experience!

Never experienced such a beautiful night!

A visitor from Massachusetts, age 29.

2014-07-03T17:02:27+00:00

A visitor from Massachusetts, age 29.

Never experienced such a beautiful night!

WaterFire Providence® is an independent, non-profit arts organization whose mission is to inspire Providence and its visitors by revitalizing the urban experience, fostering community engagement and creatively transforming the city by presenting WaterFire for all to enjoy.

This award-winning sculpture by Barnaby Evans installed on the three rivers of downtown Providence, has been praised by Rhode Island residents and international visitors alike as a powerful work of art and a moving symbol of Providence’s renaissance. WaterFire’s over eighty sparkling bonfires, the fragrant scent of aromatic wood smoke, the flickering firelight on the arched bridges, the silhouettes of the firetenders passing by the flames, the torch-lit vessels traveling down the river, and the enchanting music from around the world engage all the senses and emotions of those who stroll the paths of Waterplace Park. WaterFire has captured the imagination of over ten million visitors, bringing life to downtown, and revitalizing Rhode Island’s capital city.

Cited by the [Providence Journal] in 1997 as “the most popular work of art created in the capital city’s 371-year history” and by Friedrich St. Florian as the “crown jewel of the Providence renaissance,” WaterFire continues to grow and gain in popularity. Barnaby Evans created First Fire in 1994 as a commission to celebrate the tenth anniversary of First Night Providence. In June 1996, Evans created Second Fire for the International Sculpture Conference where it became the gathering place for thousands of participants from all over the world. Ardent art supporters convinced Evans to create an on-going fire installation and started a grass-roots effort to establish WaterFire as a non-profit arts organization. With the support of hundreds of dedicated volunteers, a hard working staff, generous donations from visitors, contributions from corporate leaders, and support from the City and State, WaterFire’s bright flames now regularly return to illuminate downtown Providence.

In 1997, WaterFire Providence expanded to 42 braziers, and attracted an estimated attendance of 350,000 people during thirteen lightings. Evans received the Renaissance Award from the City of Providence for his work as an artist and his role in revitalizing downtown Providence.

In response to growing attendance, WaterFire expanded in size to 81 braziers in 1998; and 97 braziers in 1999. The 1999 season culminated with 100 bonfires in a special WaterFire lighting for the December 31 millennium celebrations. WaterFire Providence’s 2013 event season saw more than thirty sponsors help host 24 lightings that ran from April to December. WaterFire Providence celebrated its 200th lighting in August, 2006.

Hundreds of volunteers devote thousands of hours and join with the fulltime staff to create WaterFire Providence for your enjoyment. The power of WaterFire to attract millions of visitors is eloquent testimony to the importance of public art and its capacity to restore our urban and social landscape.

WaterFire Providence needs your support to keep the flames burning. WaterFire is an independent non-profit arts organization and we need your contributions to present the event and cover our expenses. Please give what you can and give your donation to the volunteers at any of the stands in the park marked by the blue columns. Donations are also encouraged online.

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