Photograph by Erin Cuddigan
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On First Night, New Years Eve, December 31, 1994, my son, wife and I went to see an art installation called First Fire in WaterPlace Park. It sounded interesting, although it was cold and windy, and there were 4 fires in the circles and some more heading down towards RISD, and it was kinda cool. But it was really cold and windy, so after 5 minutes or so, we headed up to the State House to see some performance inside.
18 months later, we went a couple nights to see the installation of Second Fire, and I bought the T-shirt. I kept going back all summer. In the summer of 1997, I came up to Barnaby during one of the early WaterFires of the season. I asked him if he needed any help for future WaterFires. He said yes, took my number, and said he would call me for the next Fire. At the next Fire, I came up to Barnaby during the evening, and I asked him if he needed any help for future WaterFires.