Austinites can experience iconic Waller Creek in a whole new light during the second annual Creek Show taking place this fall. From November 12-21, Waller Creek will be illuminated and transformed into a public art show featuring light-based installations from Austin architects, landscape architects, and artists.
The show, which is free and open to the public, will highlight the beauty of the creek and its future development into a series of urban parks.
This year, the event expands from a one-night-only affair to a nine-night event. Guests are invited to explore the downtown Austin waterway — between Fifth and Eighth streets — from dusk to 11 pm each evening.
The show kicks off with an opening night party on November 12 featuring drink specials at Easy Tiger, The Gatsby, and Waller Creek Pub House, plus a DJ set along Waller Creek and live music at Empire.
Below, we provide a brief look at the five installations featured in this year's event, with descriptions provided by Creek Show. Check out the slideshow above for a first look at the designs.
This dynamic, large-scale projection takes place under the Seventh Street bridge. As guests pass through the tunnel, they will interact with a live camera and be projected and distorted through ethereal layered imagery onto its rough, curved stonework.
Floating the Waller
This installation plays off the Texas pastime of floating the river. A field of empty inner tubes symbolizes the disconnect between the desire to interact with the water and an aversion to do so in this environment.
The Natural Unnatural
When complete, the Waller Creek tunnel will carry 3.7 million gallons of water a minute. The Natural Unnatural highlights the staggering scale of this endeavor.
A gentle flow of water continuously falls from a steel channel suspended above the creek. On random occasions, the volume increases dramatically and the flow becomes a cascade; the calm background sound of the flowing water becomes a torrential foreground element, and the lighting changes to an ominous glow.
Waller Phantasm engages the site and people through the development of strange yet recognizable forms and materials and through the production of atmospheric effects. The project desires to critically engage in the notion of physical and spatial characteristics that are central to the development of Waller Creek’s present and future.