Waterloo Greenway Conservancy is pleased to announce the return of Creek Show from November 12-21, providing the community ten nights of free light-based, site-specific art installations.
This year’s show will delight and inspire Austinites at the newly renovated Waterloo Park, the first phase of the Waterloo Greenway park system, now open to the public.
Creek Show commissions work by local Austin architects, landscape architects, artists and designers, chosen through a public Call for Ideas. Each year, artists explore different themes related to Waller Creek that range from history to hydrology and beyond. While the main attraction remains the impressive artistic creations, attendees will also enjoy live music, food vendors, and family-friendly experiential activities.
The annual event highlights Waterloo Greenway’s impact on Austin’s social, cultural and ecological future. All are invited to visit Waterloo Park, enjoy the installations, and connect with the ongoing transformation of Waller Creek. Waterloo Park opened to the public this August, and whether Austinites are familiar with the park or just discovering it, guests can enjoy the Creek Show Lounge to learn more about Waterloo Greenway and upcoming cultural, educational and environmental programs.
Creek Show will be free and open to the public nightly, November 12-21, from 6:00 PM to 10:00 PM. Additional programming will be announced closer to the event. Visit creekshow.com for more information and follow Waterloo Greenway on Facebook, Instagram @WaterlooGreenway, and Twitter @WaterlooGW for updates!
Creek Show 2021 Artists & Installations
by Wevolve Labs
Taking a craft and material based approach informed by a practice of research and making, Bio-Nest responds to the biology of plants and animals found at Waller Creek in both form and material. The free-standing sculptures feature a translucent bio-plastic skin made with site-specific organic matter formed over a bent-wood frame. A lighting strategy and soundscape join the figures in conversation with each other, appearing like softly glowing lanterns in the landscape and inviting up-close curiosity. The project is an exploration in sustainable design, provoking conversation on how we can partake in the new circular economy by designing with nature, tradition, and abundant materials.
by GFF Austin
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
Marigny ‘Frankie’ Klein
Christy Taylor, AIA
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 arrangements that shoot up toward the sky. These tripods 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.
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.
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 fixtures will be placed on the structure’s existing grid to fill the canopy with motion and light, the weighted light 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 Manager, Waterloo Greenway
Nkiru Gelles, Assoc. AIA
Shea Little,Curator, Big Medium
Moyo Oyelola, Practicing Artist
Dharmesh Patel, Creek Show Alum