CREEK SHOW 2022

We’re thrilled to announce our all-new selection of light-based art installations coming to Creek Show November 11 – 20, 2022!

This year’s Creek Show invites the public to experience 10 nights of free dazzling, illuminated art along Waller Creek. The event begins at 9th street and ends at downtown Austin’s newly renovated Waterloo Park on 12th St.

Each year, Creek Show commissions site-specific work by Austin-based architects, landscape architects, artists, and designers through a public Call for Ideas hosted in collaboration with AIA Austin. Artists explore different themes related to Waterloo Greenway, from history to hydrology and beyond. Then the Waterloo Greenway Conservancy enlists a committee, including local artists, community leaders, and Creek Show enthusiasts, to evaluate art installation submissions and create an unforgettable exhibition.

Creek Show will open nightly November 11 – 20, 6:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.  Attendees will also enjoy nightly live music, food and beverages, and family-friendly activities at Waterloo Park. Free tickets are required to attend. Reservations open this fall.

“Austinites will be dazzled by this year’s awe-inspiring Creek Show installations,” said AIA Austin Executive Director and Creek Show Artistic Director Ingrid Spencer. “Each piece tells a different story, connecting viewers to Waller Creek and the transformative, restorative potential of Waterloo Greenway.”


CREEK SHOW 2022 JURIED INSTALLATIONS AND DESIGN TEAMS

DREAM PANTS
Bade-Schaffer
ENTER THE DRAGONFLY
Odonata
GOOD~VIBRATIONS
Sudio 5-1-2
Sponsored by Marian & Chris Casey
INVENTORIES
Lawrence Group
PORTAL POTTY
Salmo Gunn
TUNNEL VISION!
Hugh Jefferson Randolph Architects
Sponsored by Kirkland & Ellis

In addition to six committee selections, Waterloo Greenway, in partnership with AIA Austin, is collaborating with three local architecture organizations and nonprofits to present additional light-based art installations, to create a collection of nine total pieces to be displayed at Creek Show 2022.

CREEK SHOW 2022 PARTNER INSTALLATIONS

NEONCITY
AIA Austin
LUNA
Austin Foundation for Architecture
SIRIUS
National Organization of Minority Architects (NOMA) of Central Texas

The annual event highlights the vision for a connected and restored Waterloo Greenway. The first phase of the Waterloo Greenway park system, Waterloo Park, opened last August and is now open daily to the public, featuring year-round cultural, educational, and environmental programs.

Lead support for Creek Show is provided by Capitol Wright Distributing, PNC Bank, and Tito’s Handmade Vodka, with additional support from 3M, Fairmont Austin, Four Hands, Kirkland & Ellis, LALO Tequila, Powell Foundation, Rambler, Richard’s Rainwater, Tapestry Foundation, and Texas Gas Service. Additional stage programming – powered by PNC Bank –  will be announced this fall. For more information on Creek Show sponsorship opportunities and ways to support this year’s event, please contact us at development@waterloogreenway.org.

For more information, please visit creekshow.com or follow Waterloo Greenway on Facebook/Instagram @WaterlooGreenway and Twitter @WaterlooGW.

CREEK SHOW 2022 JURIED INSTALLATIONS AND DESIGN TEAMS

Dream Pants

by Bade-Schaffer

Jodi Bade
Maura Schaffer

In that twilight time between awake and asleep, I became aware of a flickering dream. Down along the banks of a forgotten creek, strange apparitions were calling to me. Pants, just pants, frolicked about. They laughed and whispered, “Hey, check it out!” They glowed with the light of a promise to tell, that soon this place will be happy and well. Thanks dream pants for sharing your secret! I’m so delighted! (I don’t think I can keep it.)


Enter the Dragonfly

by Odonata

Jake Rodgers
Jennifer Rodgers

Enter the Dragonfly envisions the ecological restoration and transformation of Waller Creek as a healthy habitat for a diversity of native life. Dragonflies are one of the oldest and most reliable indicator species of a thriving and stable aquatic ecosystem.

Enter the Dragonfly consists of larger-than-life metal dragonflies hovering above the creek waters, their reflections glowing beneath them. Using scale and light, the sculptures visually bring attention to the critical relationship between urban and natural environments while inspiring curiosity, excitement, and thoughtful engagement from the viewer with Waterloo Greenway’s mission.


GOOD~VIBRATIONS

by Studio 5-1-2

Connie Trinh
Anya Moucha
Cecley Hill
Michelle Bright

Installation Sponsor

Marian & Chris Casey

GOOD~VIBRATIONS is a celebration of the hidden landscapes that run beneath our feet and continue to shape our urban environment by bringing them to the surface. Inspired by stalagmite and stalactite formations within caves, this installation drips and oozes over Waller Creek to recreate a cavernous experience. Forms are covered with mirror pieces and spotlighted to scatter light in the spirit of a disco, set to the echoing sounds of dripping water and chirping bats (with some remixes in-between). We encourage attendees to celebrate subterranean landscapes with GOOD~VIBRATIONS by immersing themselves in an experience that employs lighting and sound to highlight rich interactions and the dance of life’s organisms.


Inventories

by Lawrence Group

Jeff Harris, AIA
Marco Cue
Kilpatrick Davidson
Nick Faust
Mohammed Kattan
Luma Jaffar, AIA
Alex Martinez
Leo Sanchez

Joseph Jones, late UT Professor and champion of Waller Creek, would spend his lunch hour walking the creek where it passed through campus, keeping an “inventory” of things seen and found – flora and fauna, along with beer cups and plastic bags – acknowledging the signs of human presence amidst the abundant natural beauty. For our installation, we are channeling our inner Joseph Jones and collecting hundreds of used plastic bottles directly from the creek and from other local sources, coating the inside with luminescent paint, and arranging them geometrically just above the surface of the water. We will then shine UV light across the tops to transform them into a field of glowing objects – a bright “inventory” of trash – highlighting the human contribution to the story of this wonderful “cretaceous limestone gutter.”


Portal Potty

by Salmo Gunn

Kristen Gunn
Laura Salmo

Like an urban wardrobe to Narnia, inside this magical corridor of porta potties is a seamless tunnel of disco lights and whimsy. Interior walls and all fixtures of the Portal Potties have been removed, creating a hallway illuminated by twinkling LED strips and panels, with an exit in the back that is not visible to outside viewers. Silhouettes of those who enter seem to disappear at the end of the tunnel, creating the illusion that entrants have been magically transported into Creek Show 2022. This installation is a smile and a wink to look past the surface of things and to find beauty in unexpected places.


tunnel vision!

by Hugh Jefferson Randolph Architects

Hugh Jefferson Randolph, AIA
Nina Unger
Michael Gamble
Geneva Sinkula
Tyler Rush
Chloe Ingram
Calder Randolph

Installation Sponsor

Tunnel Vision! is inspired by the massive 24’ diameter underground concrete Waller Creek Tunnel that runs from Waterloo Park to Lady Bird Lake. A series of concentric lighted rings focuses the viewer on the dome of the state Capitol, with an interactive light show.


CREEK SHOW 2022 PARTNER INSTALLATIONS

In addition to six committee selections, Waterloo Greenway, in partnership with AIA Austin, is collaborating with three local architecture organizations and nonprofits to present additional light-based art installations, to create a collection of nine total pieces to be displayed at Creek Show 2022.

LUNA

by Austin Foundation for Architecture

Gerardo Gandy, Assoc. AIA, NOMA
Stephanie D’Arienzo
Ximena Alayo-Reyes, Assoc. AIA
Laura Brodersen, AIA
James Mooney
Kyle Wilson

The dance between the moon and Earth’s bodies of water is one as old as time itself. From influencing tides along our seacoasts, to regulating precipitation feeding our inland rivers, invisible forces are at work right before our eyes. LUNA seeks to illuminate the invisible bonds between our environment and each other. With its mirrored materiality, the installation serves as a symbol for diversity and equity, while encouraging reflection on the idea that we all contribute to the future of our urban fabric. The infinity effect of the lights and the mirror creates a place for everyone and alludes to the endless possibilities we all represent to our city of Austin.


NeonCity

by AIA Austin

Ximena Alayo-Reyes, Assoc. AIA
Jessica Graham
Brianna De Leon, Assoc. AIA
Dani Williams
Charles Miles
Mandy Mandelstein
Metalworks Austin

NeonCity is an abstract representation of Austin’s downtown skyline on Waller Creek. The exhibition portrays the city’s colorful and vibrant energy that can be appreciated across Lady Bird Lake, watching the lights of downtown and its reflection in the water. As the city expands, these building blocks represent the growth and potential opportunities as Austin becomes an ever-evolving city that creates opportunities for more people to come together as a community.


Sirius

by National Organization of Minority Architects (NOMA) of Central Texas

Diego Schubb, NOMA
Joyce Kim, NOMA
Gregory Street, AIA, NOMA
Albert Condarco, NOMA
Sabrina Ortiz
Oscar Yanez, AIA, NOMA
Jefferson Yunez, NOMA

To be marginalized in America
is to be a star on the face of midnight.
We constantly have to rise above everything
and shine our brightest
When it’s dark outside. – Rudy Francisco

Sirius is a visual translation of the poem Margin by African-American spoken word poet Rudy Francisco. Francisco’s oeuvre confronts issues of race and politics, and in Margin, he expresses the diminishing feelings of marginalization through the beauty of celestial imagery. While emphasizing a star’s solidarity and comparing it to social exclusion, he challenges us to “shine our brightest” as an exemplar for social change.

Through a natural meander drawn from Waller Creek, NOMA’s Sirius breaks down the rigidity of the bridge’s infrastructure and guides users through a collection of star-laden vessels – a visual representation of the beauty and strength of marginalized communities. When we come together we shine brighter through the darkness.

Creek Show 2022 Selection Committee

Donald Miller – Director of Programming, Waterloo Greenway
Ingrid Spencer – Executive Director of AIA Austin + Austin Foundation for Architecture, Creek Show Artistic Director
Melba Whatley – Board Member, Waterloo Greenway
Alyssa James – Board Member, Waterloo Greenway & Principal & Founder, Studio 8SC
Chris Mattsson – Former Board Member, Waterloo Greenway
Gerardo Gandy – Assoc., AIA, Architectural Brand Experience Designer, Gensler
Michelle Voss – Executive Director, Austin City Art Fund
Christian Kline – Partner, Drophouse Design 
Jesse Stowell – Principal, Parker | Phoenix Public Relations

Creek Show

Since 2014, Waterloo Greenway has commissioned local artists to create site-specific, light-based art installations to help raise awareness about the ongoing transformation of Waller Creek and our new 35-acre urban park system coming to downtown Austin.

Learn more about the artists and installations of past Creek Shows below!

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2016

2015

2014

For more information on sponsorship opportunities and other ways to support Creek Show, contact development@waterloogreenway.org.