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1 Providence Place Providence RI
Perched above the river’s surface, more than eighty blazing braziers illuminate the night. Vivid flames dance and cast lively shapes onto the water. The blemished stacks of wood pop as they burn and release sparks. Aromatic smoke scents the air.
Torch-lit Venetian gondolas carry energetic spectators, while other boats manned by black-clothed figures glide quietly through the water to stoke the fires. Music permeates the surrounding banks, where curious onlookers gather. This is WaterFire, a nonprofit, ongoing art installation that has come to symbolize the Providence renaissance.