Every year, from December to March, in what we affectionately call the Off-Season, WaterFire’s Production department gets to work prepping our boats, braziers, and buoys for another year of service. This includes everything from fixing worn-out brazier baskets, and painting buoys to make modifications to our fleet of 20 boats and re-aligning the anchors that hold the braziers in place.
This year the production staff is making a series of modifications to our guest boats; making them easier to captain on the river and making them more comfortable for our guests. Design decisions are made by Executive Artistic Director, Barnaby Evans and then carried out by production team members.
The system of braziers, buoys, and anchors that make up the core of WaterFire’s fiery spectacle is in need of constant maintenance. Each offseason the production staff is charged with the task of cleaning, fixing, and painting all the components that make up the 85 plus bonfires in WaterFire’s Providence installation.
Check out some more photos and tune in next week for more behind-the-scenes action with WaterFire’s production team.
About the author
I've worked at WaterFire Providence since 2003. For the first 9 years of my career, I worked in the Production Shop learning all of the details that go into the physical production of the event. In 2012 transitioned to the role of managing WaterFire's social media and web presence. I now head up WaterFire Providence's digital projects including, web, social, databases, and our physical IT infrastructure.