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WaterFire Gaspee

WaterFire 2010

Reliving the Burning of the Gaspee

Communication Strategy, Creative Direction, Web Architecture

Saturday June 9th, 2010 marked the 300th anniversary of the Gaspee incident. It was the burning of the HMS Gaspee, a British customs schooner, that set the course for the American Revolution. The day of the anniversary also coincided with the night's WaterFire event and the Netroots Nation Conference, on grassroots organizing in modern politics, it was an opportunity of a lifetime to celebrate and highlight the Gaspee triumph.

The project was a combination of reenactments of the day events and the same story unfolding over social media, so people can experience it near or far. The Gaspee celebration has since become an annual Waterier event.

WaterFire is an experiential art event that spans the length of the Providence river in Rhode Island. It was created by Barnaby Evans in 1997 and happens several times a year.

Visit the WaterFire Gaspee Website

How I was Involved
Creative Direction, Communication Strategy, Information Architecture, Wireframing

Cover Photo Credit James Tuner

The Gaspee Celebration microsite designed by Studio Pie

The Gaspee Celebration microsite designed by Studio Pie

Illustration of the burning Gaspee by Studio Pie

Illustration of the burning Gaspee by Studio Pie

Will from The Rhode Show meets up with Barnaby Evans, Creator of the waterfires and David Elly, actor portraying Lt. Dudingston to discuss the events happening around the Gaspee Days themed Waterfires this weekend.

Illustrations of Lt. Dudingston by Studio Pie

Illustrations of Lt. Dudingston by Studio Pie

Illustration of the angry mob by Studio Pie

Illustration of the angry mob by Studio Pie

Wireframes for the event microsite

Wireframes for the event microsite

Photo from a typical night at WaterFire

Photo from a typical night at WaterFire