WaterFire on TV Monday

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Braziers filled with wood burn at WaterFire along Providence’s urban rivers. (Marriott Providence)

Barnaby Evans, the creator and mastermind of WaterFire Providence, informs me that it will star in a television show airing at 7:30 on Monday, June 12, on PBS Channel 36 in the Rhode Island area. The show is called “Weekends with Yankee,” and the episode is called “Land and Water.” The WaterFire segment is almost 9 minutes.

In Rhode Island and around the world, this is must-see TV. WaterFire was performed for the first time on New Year’s Eve in 1994 and since 1996 has featured multiple lightings, normally every two or three weeks from May through October or even November.

The work, which is known in the art world as an “installation,” is perfect for Providence’s intimate urban rivers, especially since they were uncovered and lined with beautiful bridges, river walks and parks. It is great to walk along, hand in hand, or with all of your best  friends and family, or (my favorite) by yourself. I wrote a piece about it years ago called “Sex and WaterFire.” It may be that Barnaby Evans has never forgiven me for it (though he commissioned it), and yet who can deny that, except perhaps for the late, great Bill Warner, no individual has had a greater positive impact on Providence than Barnaby Evans, at least not since Roger Williams (including Buddy Cianci).

So tune in on Monday. That’s this coming Monday, Ch. 36 at 7:30 p.m.

About David Brussat

For a living, I edit the writing of some of the nation's leading architects, urbanists and design theorists. This blog was begun in 2009 as a feature of the Providence Journal, where I was on the editorial board and wrote a weekly column of architecture criticism for three decades. Architecture Here and There fights the style wars for classical architecture and against modern architecture, no holds barred. My freelance writing and editing on that topic and others addresses issues of design and culture locally and globally. I am a fellow of the Royal Society of the Arts, and a member of the board of the New England chapter of the Institute of Classical Architecture & Art, which bestowed an Arthur Ross Award on me in 2002. I work from Providence, R.I., where I live with my wife Victoria, my son Billy and our cat Gato. If you would like to invest your prose with even more style and clarity, please email me at my consultancy, dbrussat@gmail.com, or call 401.351.0457. Testimonial: "Your work is so wonderful - you now enter my mind and write what I would have written." - Nikos Salingaros, mathematician at the University of Texas, architectural theorist and author of many books.
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