"From what I've observed, people come for a huge variety of reasons, romance, celebrations, tourists, adventure, to mourn a loss, to think," Evans said. "The audience interprets your work, ultimately the interaction is determined by the viewer (as with all art)."
He said people hold weddings at Waterfire right in the middle of the event, and they also hold funerals. One evening the Hells Angels and a graduating class of Nuns visited simultaneously.
As an artist Evans is also an accomplished photographer, yet Waterfire is almost impossible to describe in captured images. It's one of those grand events that is even more than one can imagine. Yet the genesis comes from Evans life experience, starting camping as boy with his family in the desert out West sitting around the campfire in the midst of a lonesome landscape. On a very large scale he has captured the intimacy of a campfire with all the wonders of being outside at night. But instead of the great wide open, he has placed this in the midst of an urban environment.
Another interesting aspect of Waterfire is that it was a spark for people to discover urban renewal down by their resurrected waterfront. Providence reopened rivers that had been cemented over because of pollution. The waters were cleaned up and their waterfront landscaped with a magnificent walking park system. But still people did not go to the river. Evans noted that the parks were always empty. Waterfire became the lure to bring city residents and visitors back to the water's edge. Think zero to more than 10,000,000 visitors.
Imaging America and Syracuse revitalization efforts
Consider that Syracuse is the heart of CNY, as Syracuse, so goes CNY. At the heart of Syracuse is the University. We are all in this together. A heart without a body has no purpose. A body without a heart has no life.