WaterFire in Venice?

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Providence and Venice already have a lot in common. Both have a recent history of organized crime, controversial bridge projects, and really great Italian food. Soon, we’ll be able to add one more thing to the list: the Providence art installation WaterFire is coming to the Floating City.

The project was meant to go up this weekend, but it’s been postponed “indefinitely” according to the ProJo, which assures us it’s still going to happen. We’re proud but a little confused about why such a famous tourist destination would look to Providence for its public art needs. Were they seduced by WaterFire’s new-agey soundtrack? Or are they just looking for an excuse to make gondola rides even more expensive?