‘Behind The Scenes At WaterFire’ With Barnaby Evans

(12.6) It’s not all fun and flames you know. That wood isn’t going to stack itself. (Where do they get it all?) Learn all about the staging of this signature Providence event and tour the new WaterFire Arts Center, this Friday on a bus tour with WaterFire creator Barnaby Evans. “Behind the Scenes” is sponsored by the Brown Urban Studies program.

Barnaby Evans, the artist behind Providence’s iconic WaterFire installation, narrates a bus trip that begins at Maxcy Hall, skirts the banks of the relocated Woonasquatucket River, stops at the WaterFire Arts Center [includes a tour of the WFAC building, followed by a slide talk lecture] and returns to College Hill via Olneyville. Registration required.

It is an incredible story: What began as a one-off art installation has taken over the world.

Barnaby Evans created WaterFire in its first version in 1994 in Providence and in its second version in June of 1996 for the International Sculpture Conference and the Convergence International Arts Festival in Providence.  Evans also created WaterFire Houston in 1998 and Evans has created installations of WaterFire in Rome, Singapore, Houston, Columbus, Tacoma, Kansas City, and Sharon. Evans is actively engaged in projects in Venice, Berlin, and Paris and is currently exploring art installations for a number of cities.

And don’t forget to ask about the music; Evans designs each playlist, now available on Spotify.  Barnaby Evans received his ScB in biology and environmental science from Brown University in 1975, and has since received many honorary degrees.

Register here. All tours begin and end at 108 George Street near the entrance to Brown’s Main Green.

Upon returning to 108 George St., we invite you to join us for Refreshments in the Urban Studies seminar room (109) in Maxcy Hall.

Free and open to the public, 3pm to 4:30pm, Friday, December 6, Maxcy Hall, 108 George Street, (directions)

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