Creek Show 2021

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by Wevolve Labs

Nicholas DeBruyne

Sponsored by Lea Ann & Steve Fowler

Taking a craft and material-based approach informed by a practice of research and making, BioNest takes inspiration in the biology of plants and animals found at Waller Creek in form and material. The free-standing sculptures feature translucent bio-plastic skin made from seaweed and embedded with site-specific organic matter formed over a bent-wood frame. A lighting strategy and soundscape join the figures in conversation with each other. The entire work is bio-degradable and can return to the earth at the end of its life partaking in the new circular economy by designing with nature, tradition, and abundant materials.


by GFF Austin

Jake Chavez, Assoc. AIA
Maxine Kraft
Sydney Galloso
Faiza Tayyab
Zach McLain
Gabrielle Duran, Assoc. AIA
Rudick Construction Group, Lonestar Lighting and Technology, Bell and McCoy Lighting and Controls

Sponsored by Chris Mattsson

Throughout the decades, downtown Austin’s Waller Creek has constantly faced ecological challenges affecting the wildlife that is dependent on it, including the Texas Blind Snake. CREEKture is a metaphor for this Austin native species as it rises from the dampened soil of the creek bed before receding back into the murky depths of the earth, allowing spectators a brief glimpse of this elusive creature. CREEKture serves as the reminder that we are simply visitors of Waller Creek and its wildlife habitat, and that we must respect their home just as how we respect our own.


by Chioco Design + Drophouse Design

Brooke Burnside
Marigny ‘Frankie’ Klein
Christian Klein
Irela Casanova
Jamie Chioco, Assoc. AIA
Christy Taylor, AIA
Matt Satter
Paul Elmore, AIA

Sponsored by Caitlyn Ryan

HIGH LIGHT is an interactive installation utilizing the power of simple forms in repetition. This project repurposes the familiar material of steel pipe to create tripod sculptures that shoot up toward the sky. They are arranged to create a field condition that is both engaging to the onlooker and enticing to those who seek to create a path through them. Their height makes the sculptures act as placemaking devices while visitors wander the grounds – calling out the park as a new highlight of Austin’s built environment.


by dwg.

Sponsored by 3M

Big changes gave dwg. big ideas for a big installation. Inspired by the many thousands of new plants installed at Waterloo Park, ‘si-glo’ elevates the century plant to epic proportions to celebrate the new, long-lasting life brought to this green space in the heart of Austin. Poppy, gigantic, glowing, and soft to touch, the inflatables will surprise and delight crowds while honoring Waterloo Greenway’s mission of enhancing connections between nature, art and culture.


by Ian Randall & Clayton Cain

Sponsored by Applied Materials Foundation

Waller Creek exemplifies movement. The movement of water, movement of people, the movement of energy. SWAY elicits and exemplifies this movement through wind. In order to achieve this, our installation is suspended from the Moody Amphitheater’s pavilion canopy, filling the space with motion and light; the glowing fixtures free to sway in the breeze.

Creek Show 2021 Selection Committee

Ingrid Spencer, Executive Director, AIA Austin
Chris Mattsson, Waterloo Greenway Board Member
Donald Miller, Programming & Events Director, Waterloo Greenway
Nkiru Gelles, Assoc. AIA
Shea Little, Curator, Big Medium 
Moyo Oyelola, Practicing Artist
Dharmesh Patel, Creek Show Alum