Take three rivers in the downtown of a mid-size east coast city. Add dozens of fire pyres hovering above the water and light them at sundown. Play haunting Gregorian chants (or Arvo Part, I think it was), soaring opera arias, and cool jazz riffs + pipe the music through countless speakers up and down the riverfront. Invite circus acts, dance bands, and strange freelance statue people to spice up the action. Plop several gondolas on the river, complete with Venetian gondoliers. Host crowds of people, and call it WaterFire.
Thank you, Providence and artist Barnaby Evans, for creating and supporting such a cool, magical tradition that treats all of the senses.
Greg and I first discovered WaterFire one October night a couple of years ago (though it's been around since the mid-90s). Ever since, we've wanted to take the kids and finally did last night. If you're ever in the area around any of the WaterFire dates, be sure to check it out.
hanging from the ceilings...very Phantom of the Opera