Our Commitment to Public Art
Waterloo Greenway unveiled its series of six new eye-catching light-based art installations to be displayed at their annual event, Creek Show, this November 10-18, 2023.
This year will continue a tradition of featuring locally-made illuminated art along Waller Creek, inviting our community to experience the nightly free show extending from 9th Street to Waterloo Park.
Artist: Arturo Herrera
12th St. and Red River St. at Waterloo Park
Wall painting for Austin, designed by internationally-renowned Venezuelan artist Arturo Herrera, is located on the Waller Creek Tunnel Inlet Facility at Waterloo Park – highly visible to passersby, both in car and on foot. This mural was created using acrylic paint on exposed concrete substrate finished with eco-friendly coating in June 2021.
The mural was commissioned by Waterloo Greenway Conservancy in partnership with the City of Austin’s Watershed Protection and Parks & Recreation Departments.
Photographer: Dan Winters
On display April 2023 – June 2023
Hill Country Garden at Waterloo Park
With a sharp eye for the most minute details of honeybee anatomy, SEEING BEES features a series of large format images created using a scanning electron microscope. The exhibit allowed visitors to experience bees as they have rarely been seen before!
On display April 15, 2023
Moody Amphitheater at Waterloo Park
Rolling Ryot presents Ghost Line X, an immersive sound and light experience.
Ghost Line X is a massive, 15-channel, immersive sound art project that investigates the creative potential of sound in motion.
This unique motion-through-space experience moves linearly from one channel to the next across fifteen large speakers arranged linearly across 300-feet.
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.
Artists explore different themes related to Waller Creek that range from history to hydrology and beyond.
Learn more about the artists and installations of past Creek Shows.
Artist: Orly Genger
On display March 2016 – March 2017
Waller Creek at Lady Bird Lake
Presented in partnership with The Contemporary Austin, Hurlyburly is a massive outdoor piece of painted and hand-knotted rope that stretches across an area directly adjacent to the mouth of Waller Creek. Recalling the languid flow of the creek, the undulating, woven structure invites visitors to interact with each other, with the work, and with the surrounding parkland. New York City-based artist and designer Orly Genger creates organic forms and site-specific installations from painted swaths of woven rope, crocheting, weaving, and knotting heavy twine over the course of many months.
Artist: Ai Weiwei
On display June 2017 – May 2018
Waller Creek at Lady Bird Lake
Presented in partnership with The Contemporary Austin, Forever Bicycles (2014) consists of over 1,200 bicycles transformed into a playful, spectacular monolith of a sculpture. The title, Forever Bicycles, alludes to the Forever brand (Yongjiu) – a company based in Shanghai whose mass-produced bicycles flooded the streets of China during the artist’s childhood yet remained financially out of reach for many – but also suggests a globally utilitarian form of transport now disappearing as car culture becomes predominant. The conceptual premise of this series consists of several to thousands of bicycles assembled into a composition.
On display March 2019 – July 2019
12th St. & Red River St. at Waterloo Park
New Monuments for New Cities is the inaugural project of the High Line Network Joint Art Initiative, a new collaboration between infrastructure reuse projects in North America. This public art exhibition will travel across the United States and Canada throughout 2019. For the exhibition, five urban reuse projects that are part of the High Line Network invited five of their local artists or artist groups to create proposals (in the form of posters) for new monuments. Each participating location will produce an exhibition of the resulting 25 artworks specific to their site.