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.
How I was Involved
Creative Direction, Communication Strategy, Information Architecture, Wireframing
Cover Photo Credit James Tuner