The Waller Creek Conservancy is partnering with The Contemporary Austin to host an outdoor exhibit at Waller Creek by internationally acclaimed artist Orly Genger. The impressive installation, which the Brooklyn-based artist titled Hurlyburly, will be unveiled to the public Saturday, March 5.
In conjunction with the exhibit, the Edward and Betty Marcus Foundation has donated $1.1 million to The Contemporary Austin for future public art initiatives along Waller Creek. This means that Austinites and art aficionados can continue to enjoy art in the city for years to come — for free.
The unique sculpture will be on display through February 2017. Enjoy a first look at Hurlyburly before it opens this weekend.
Located adjacent to the Waller Creek Boathouse just one block south of the Austin Convention Center, Genger's site-specific Hurlyburly aims to highlight "the languid flow of the river" using massive painted swaths of a woven, crocheted, and knotted rope. This unique approach to sculpting is intended to invite visitors to interact with both the natural landscape and with each other.
Genger's latest local installation gives new life to the recycled rope from the artist's first installation in Austin, Current, which was on display at the Betty and Edward Marcus Sculpture Park at Laguna Gloria in 2014.
With Hurlyburly, Genger has created yet another one-of-a-kind installation, garnering excitement across the city.
"Great cities do big things, and Orly Genger’s sculpture at the mouth of Waller Creek is big in all senses of the word," said Mayor Steve Adler in a press release. "I am proud to be mayor of a city where we can have a public art installation like Hurlyburly. This feeds our soul as a community, and I hope it will spur further work along Waller Creek."
"As we begin the transformation of Waller Creek, we have a unique opportunity to integrate a significant public art program into its future, bringing art and landscape together in the heart of Austin to create unique and uplifting experiences for the public," said Waller Creek Conservancy CEO Peter Mullan.
Hurlyburly is on display from March 5, 2016 through February 2017.