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Who is Barnaby Evans?

Posted by Library Blog on 07/07/2015 at 03:39 PM

According to his website, barnabyevans.com, “Barnaby Evans is an artist who works in many media including site-specific sculpture installations, photography, film, garden design, architectural projects, writing and conceptual works.” Rhode Islanders probably know him best for one site-specific sculpture installation in particular, WaterFire.

WaterfireWaterFire is a popular community event where thousands come to downtown Providence to enjoy a public art experience. All members of the RWU Law community, whether they live near the Bristol campus or the Providence campus, are close enough to enjoy all that WaterFire has to offer. The 2015 schedule features at least one event per month (although many locals think the October event is the best because it coincides with a weekend of activities sponsored by The Gloria Gemma Breast Cancer Research Foundation).  This schedule allows for every Rhode Islander, even the busiest law students among us, an opportunity to take a study break and enjoy a special Rhode Island offering.

The first version of WaterFire, called First Fire, took place in 1994 as a celebration of the tenth anniversary of First Night Providence. The second WaterFire, called Second Fire, was held in 1996 at the International Sculpture Conference and the Convergence International Arts Festival. Barnaby Evans then started the current version of WaterFire as an on-going installation in 1997. For more details on the history of WaterFire see the artist’s website. For an interesting talk by the artist, check out the Tedx Providence website

For answers to common questions about the event, including where to park and how to best experience the festivities, see this FAQ page. To see pictures from past WaterFire lightings, see the WaterFire Providence Site on Pinterest.