WaterFire Providence is the award-winning sculpture by Barnaby Evans installed on the three rivers of downtown Providence, and has been praised by both Rhode Island residents and international visitors as a strong work of art that turned Providence into oasis of enchantment. This presentation of art is comprised of one hundred sparkling bonfires, the fragrant scent of aromatic wood smoke, the flickering firelight on the arched bridges, the silhouettes of the fire tenders passing by the flames, the torch-lit vessels traveling down the river, and the enchanting music from around the world. These different elements engage all the senses and emotions of those who stroll the paths of Waterplace Park, and revitalizing Rhode Island?s capital city.
WaterFire events are scheduled from May through October and are weather dependent. The occasional showers or passing thunderstorms will usually not cancel the event; however, it is usually cancelled in the event of heavy sustained rain. WaterFire celebrated its 200th lighting in August, 2006.
National Geographic Traveler Magazine rated WaterFire Providence as one of the top 20 "Must See Events" in the U.S. Understandably, WaterFire has made Providence a national and international destination for visitors.